Seven Decades of Painting. "His keynote was simplicity: buildings and trees, even people, were painted as evocative shapes rather than outlined in realistic detail"
Sadly, Alfred Stockham died peacefully on the eve of Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2020, aged 87. Alfred studied at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He was a Rome Scholar, a Grenada Arts Fellow, lectured at UWE until 1988 and was a member of the RWA since 1993.
A master of the poetic statement, Alfred Stockham's work ranged from abstraction to broad-brushed realism. He painted small jewel-like paintings and often they had the simplest of structures and yet conveyed an emotional and imaginative force. His use of colour, shape and composition were based on a lifetime of study. Each painting the result of hours of contemplation and sometimes radical changes to achieve works of extraordinary vision.
Whilst admired, collected and loved by generations, his passionate works are not so widely-known to the British public.
His work is in public collections throughout the UK and in private collections worldwide. Alfred continued to show regularly at the RA Summer Exhibition and his lasting influence and inspiration is recognised by many artists.
Bradford City Museum
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Greater London Council
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland
York City Art Gallery