Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sashes Island

Sashes Island.
Like his brother, Gilbert Spencer survived his war service and returned to his studies at the Slade in 1919 for a short period, and became a member of the New English Art Club that same year.

Gilbert Spencer’s first solo exhibition was at the Goupil Gallery in early 1923. He also exhibited at the RA, the Leicester Galleries, RSA, and the Redfern Gallery which at that time, the circuit for successful up-and-coming artists.

Painting in oils, with much evidence of muted greys, blues and greens, Gilbert Spencer was primarily a painter of landscapes. He worked mainly in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Dorset and the Lake District.

The landscape of Sashes Island is the only remaining painting of Gilbert Spencer that has come to light in my search for his work in Cookham.

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