Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War
The new spring exhibition season is well under way at Pallant House Gallery, with Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War receiving excellent press coverage and impressive audiences.
The exhibition was given pick of the week in the Financial Times Weekend by Art Critic Jackie Wullschlager, the Times by Rachel Campbell-Johnston and the Guardian by Skye Sherwin. Richard Moss, Editor of Culture 24 called the exhibition a 'once in a lifetime opportunity to really get inside Spencer's vision and enjoy an intimate encounter with a heavenly moment in English painting' while Rupert Toovey in the West Sussex Gazette called the show 'one of the most important art exhibitions of 2014' and encouraged readers to come and see the 'wonderful way that these paintings are displayed.'
Sir Stanley Spencer (1891‐1959) is one of the most important English painters of the 20th century. Best‐known for his paintings which elevate ordinary village life to epic, sometimes Biblical grandeur, his most famous large‐scale work is the cycle of murals at Sandham Memorial Chapel in the village of Burghclere, Hampshire, based on his experiences during the First World War, which has drawn such praise as ‘Britain's answer to the Sistine Chapel'.
The major new exhibition, timed to mark the centenary of the First World War, temporarily relocates the paintings to Pallant House Gallery while the chapel undergoes conservation work, offering a unique opportunity to see the paintings at eye level in a gallery setting alongside related studies and drawings.
See the show for yourself at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester until 15 June 2014.
Published 25th March 2014
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