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One of the most talented and original British painters of the twentieth century, local artist Stanley Spencer, was born in Cookham and lived and painted in the village he described as ‘earthly paradise’ for most of his life.

We are delighted that Keith Le Page (a volunteer and guide at the Stanley Spencer gallery) will be giving an illustrated talk on the life and work of Sir Stanley Spencer.

How much to you know about this enigmatic character?

Join us to find out more

Thursday 20th September 2018 at 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bourne End Library, Wakeman Rd, Bourne End SL8 5SX

Tickets £5.  Wine and soft drinks available.

‘Our Stan’ - Life and Work

Stanley Spencer pushing his pram of paints around Cookham one minute; dining at Cliveden with Lord Astor the next.

Painting lovely landscapes of the surrounding countryside and handsome portraits alongside visionary canvasses of extraordinary depth and imagination.   

Controversial sometimes; boring never.

A fascinating man from so many different perspectives, Spencer himself claimed that “in order to understand any painting of mine, it means taking a seat and preparing to hear the story of my life”.

So it is through the prism of our Stan’s life that we will examine his prolific, prodigious and sometimes perplexing paintings.

Swan Upping

Art critic Nicholas Usherwood has rated Spencer’s towering talent above that of the highly celebrated Lucian Freud:

‘Spencer is, to my mind at least, a much greater figure than Lucian Freud because he was driven by love rather than despair or disgust.’ (Galleries Magazine July 2017)

Why not come and judge for yourself?  

Pictures: Stanley Spencer with pram, 1950s; Self-Portrait, 1923 Barbara Karmel Bequest 1995)

Stanley Spencer with pram, 1950s Self-Portrait, 1923  Barbara Karmel Bequest 1995