Alfred Stockham ARCA RWA
night and light and the half light
Saturday 4 November 2017 – Sunday 21 January 2018
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A master of the poetic statement, Alfred Stockham paints small jewel-like paintings. Often they have the simplest of structures and yet they convey an emotional and imaginative force. His use of colour, shape and composition are based on a lifetime of study. Each painting is the result of hours of contemplation and sometimes radical changes to achieve works of extraordinary vision.
Alfred Stockham has had a distinguished career. Born in London, he loved painting from his earliest years but he followed the family tradition and spent seven years in the Royal Navy before studying at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art where he was awarded a Silver Medal. He was a Rome Scholar and Grenada Arts Fellow at the University of York before he arrived in Bristol in 1968 to take up a post as lecturer at Bristol Polytechnic (now the University of the West of England) where he became Head of Fine Art. He left to devote himself to painting full-time. Alfred was elected a full member of the Royal West of England Academy in 1993 and was Honorary Curator of the permanent collection of the RWA from 2001 until he retired. Still painting, his life is constrained now by illness, although he is as witty and perspicacious as ever. His work is in public collections throughout Britain and Ireland and in private collections worldwide.
‘Over many years, I have gradually refined my approach to 2D design, aware that true greatness lies in simplicity. My aim is to create an underlying visual dynamic. The poetry of the subject and the poetry of the structure support each other. The real or observed world and the subconscious dream world both play their part to make a painting sing.’ Alfred Stockham
‘Alfred Stockham’s small landscapes are as haunting as ever.’ John Russell Taylor, The Times, reviewing the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
‘Stockham is an accomplished colourist. He can make the oil paint glow like an icon by the subtle and judicious handling of tone… His colour can communicate every nuance of the hour or the season.’ Edward Phelps, Art Critic.
Alfred Stockham has shown his paintings regularly at Sladers Yard since 2008 and has played an influential role in helping to shape the character of work shown in the gallery. We are grateful for his ongoing guiding influence.
Alfred Stockham’s paintings are available to view below. Please phone 01308 459511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire. Alfred’s abstract paintings will appear on this page shortly.