So who was Stanley Spencer ?
Born in Cookham, a truly distinctive student at the Slade, studying alongside such luminaries as Paul Nash, Dora Carrington and Christopher Nevinson. Acclaimed as highly influential on mid twentieth century painters such as Hockney, Freud, Bacon, and latterly, Emin.… David Bowie was a collector of Spencer works, Billy Connolly is an enthusiast…. Stanley continually surprises those who get to know him.… will you ?
The exhibition Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer opened in mid-August
Spencer’s work was dominated by his relationships with his two wives, Hilda Carline and Patricia Preece. Their joint lives form a compelling art historical and human story. Add to this Spencer’s passion for his home village of Cookham and his spiritual and physical need for all three inspirations of his art and this exhibition is an unmissable event
Highlights are Hilda Carline’s defiant early self-portrait (on loan from Tate), Spencer’s own portrait of Patricia Preece (on loan from Southampton City Art Gallery) and a rarely seen self-portrait from Patrica Preece’s partner Dorothy Hepworth. Other works are from the Stanley Spencer Gallery collection, private owners and other galleries.
Chatto & Windus
Stanley Spencer painted a number of resurrections during his lifetime and each of them very much reflected his own view of the idea of resurrection.
On returning from the First World War he produced a series of paintings, based on the Passion of Christ, unconventionally set in his home village of Cookham. Whilst Christian in upbringing, Spencer was interested in all faiths and insisted ‘It is for me to go where the spirit moves me and not to attempt to ally it to some known and specified religion’. For him, painting was ‘Saying Ta to God’.
Take a virtual walk through Cookham with Stanley
Summer 2021 (1st April – 31st October)
Open Daily 10:30am – 5:30pm
Winter (5th November 2020 – 31st March 2021)
Open Daily 11am – 4:30pm
Thurs – Sun only
Seniors & Students £4.50
Art Fund £3
Free Entry for:
Friends of the Gallery, Carers, Accompanied Children (under 16)
Cookham is in Berkshire, 4 miles from Maidenhead, 30 miles from London and 19 miles from Reading.
The address is High St, Cookham, Berkshire, SL6 9SJ, UK
There is a small carpark near the Gallery and other parking around the village. The Cookham branch railway line connects at Maidenhead with the Reading/Paddington line. The Gallery is a level 10 minute walk from the station.