Alfred Stockham died peacefully on the eve of Remembrance Sunday 8 November 2020 aged 87. At Sladers Yard we all loved working with him, showing his beautiful paintings every year since 2008. We will always be grateful for his guiding influence in shaping this gallery. So it is a pleasure to continue to celebrate and sell his work. The collection shown below includes his most recent paintings with some exceptional earlier work.
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A master of the poetic statement, Alfred Stockham is known for his small jewel-like paintings. Often they have the simplest of structures and yet they convey a strong emotional and imaginative force. His use of colour, shape and composition are based on a lifetime of study. Each painting took hours of contemplation and often radical changes to achieve works of extraordinary vision.
Alfred Stockham 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. He left to study 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 eventually 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 their permanent collection from 2001 until he retired. For many years his life wass constrained by illness, although he remained 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’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