Fred Cuming RA
Alfred Stockham RCA RWA
Robin Rae RCA
17 November 2018 – 20 January 2019
In loving celebration of four masters of their art, all well over 80 years old, and still working, After Eighties shows paintings by Fred Cuming RA (b 1930), Alfred Stockham (b 1933) Robin Rae (b 1928) and pottery by Richard Batterham (b 1936).
The three painters were all born in London and all studied at the RCA. All three enjoyed considerable early success and went on to teach in art schools, Alfred Stockham in Bristol where he became Head of Fine Art, Robin Rae in Liverpool in the sixties and Fred Cuming consecutively at Harrow School of Art then part-time at Maidstone (and Rochester); Walthamstow (1958 – 60); Hornsey (1960 – 65); Leicester (1976) and Farnham (1978 – 83). Fred Cuming also worked full-time, from 1977 through to 1985, at the Metropole Gallery, Folkestone, assisting “the Great John Eveleigh”, the brains and energy behind a terrific program of exhibitions at the gallery including Henry Moore, Stanley Spencer, Sir Sidney Nolan, Sir Peter Blake and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Fred Cuming says he has been painting in much the same style all his life. Alfred Stockham has always painted both abstract and figurative paintings in glowing colours. Robin Rae, who will turn ninety during the course of the exhibition, has passed through different stages and styles in his life, from his Modern British beginnings through pop art, sculpture and screen printing back to the edgy surreal pictures he has been painting since 1987.
Fred Cuming’s work expresses fleeting impressions the moods and atmosphere generated by landscape, still life and interiors. He often paints the coast of the south of England, around Rye where he lives but also Cornwall. For a number of years he had a cottage near Bridport and has many friends and fond memories of this area. Read more…