" Stanley Spencer was one of the most original artists of the twentieth century. His paintings are beautiful, inimitable and irresistibly uplifting.
To see so many of them on show in his lifelong home of Cookham is an experience that will not be forgotten.
With this glorious exhibition the ever superb Stanley Spencer Gallery has outdone itself!"
Dr James Fox, Fellow of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, Art Historian and Broadcaster
From now until 20th March 2016, the Stanley Spencer Gallery is displaying an unprecedented combination of fine Spencer paintings, including the full permanent Spencer collections of Aberdeen City Art Gallery and Leeds City Art Gallery.
The opportunity which arose to borrow the Spencer collections of Aberdeen and Leeds assures an exceptional experience for our visitors. ĎThe Creative Genius of Stanley Spencerí includes both Collections in their entirety, together with hauntingly profound works from the Galleryís own collection and others loaned from private collectors.
The resulting exhibition exemplifies the extraordinary diversity of Spencerís output and the breadth of his creative genius.
First in order of exhibit there is an astonishing series of passionate spiritual works. There follow several exemplars of Spencerís meticulous observational skill in the representation of the natural world and the outdoor environment. The flow then moves back to figurative works depicting loved ones and poignant scenes from Spencerís complex personal life.
This is an exhibition to enthral everyone, from Spencer cognoscenti to those, unaware of the extraordinary world of the artist, entering the Stanley Spencer Gallery for the very first time