The gallery is currently open by appointment only
Stanley Simmonds (1917-2006). Paintings from his Cornish Studio
Opens November 7
Saturday 7th to Saturday 15th November, Open daily 11 am to 4 pm
Monday 16th to Saturday 21st November, Open by appointment
Saturday 7th November, 2pm – 5 pm Sunday 8th November Noon-2 pm
This is a very exciting opportunity to acquire works by this talented modern British artist who was widely acclaimed in his life-time.
Stanley showed at the Royal Academy with the London Group, the Whitechapel Art Gallery and in group shows with distinguished artists like John Piper, John Bratby, Ivon Hitchens and his pupil Quentin Blake. His exhibitions received complimentary reviews by critics such as Sir John Hale in Arts News Review and Terrence Mullaly of The Telegraph. His work is in the BBC and Arts Council collections.
This exhibition presents both early figurative works and paintings from the 1950s to 1970s when Stanley’s career flourished, including the remarkable series on Billingsgate Market. Like many modern British artists of his generation, Stanley moved from his early figurative style to experiment with abstraction. This took many forms. Some of the canvases dissolve in a luminous, atmospheric interpretation of the landscape, others are much more tightly constructed with strong cubist shapes, bold colours and incorporate figurative elements within them. He drew on a wide range of contemporary influences; there are elements of the neo-romantics, Keith Vaughan, Michael Ayrton and Graham Sutherland and from further afield Mark Rothko and the Colour Field artists. In the most successful of them Stanley forged a vision and style uniquely his own combining abstraction and figuration.
Further images in the exhibition
Stanley’s Biography and Previous Exhibitions
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The Moncrieff-Bray Gallery is a spectacular 120 square metre converted barn with stunning views over the Rother Valley and South Downs. It opened in 2005 to hold regular exhibitions of contemporary painting and sculpture.
Prior to running the gallery Elspeth Moncrieff worked for several years as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum before becoming Deputy Editor first of the Antique Collector and then Apollo Magazine.
From 1996-2004 she was the Art Market Correspondent for The Art Newspaper building up a wealth of experience about the art market. She is currently also the Editor of the Sydney based World of Antiques and Art.