Stanley Spencer

 

I am looking into the drawings of Stanley Spencer because my tutor says it would be useful for me to do so.  His work seems to be important as an influence of drawing.

Month of April Cutting the Hedge  - 1926 - Ink on paper - 21in x 16in http://www.stanleyspencer.org.uk/

Month of April Cutting the Hedge – 1926 – Ink on paper – 21in x 16in http://www.stanleyspencer.org.uk/ 

I like Stanley Spencer’s ink drawings because they have a strong contrast.  His figures have a lot of character and personality.  I like his use of hatching and cross hatching to create shades of tone and patterns.  He also uses dotted lines.

http://www.stanleyspencer.org.uk/

http://www.stanleyspencer.org.uk/ – Me Greeting Hilda

http://www.kwantes.com/SSG%20website/collection/monthofjulyhildasmellingaflower.htmlhttp://www.kwantes.com/SSG%20website/collection/monthofjulyhildasmellingaflower.html

This drawing – “Month of July Hilda Smelling a flower” uses a lot of hatching.  I think the hands are not in proportion to the rest of the body.  I find this drawing off putting, I don’t like it very much; I think this is because of the disproportions in it.  But I included it because it seems like a good example of the way Spencer uses coloured inks and hatching.

roy stanley spencer

“Roy” c.1907 – Drawing, pen and black ink -9.75in x 6.5in

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Roy is an interesting drawing because it is heavily shaded.  I like the way Spencer has used hatched curved lines to describe the grain of the figure’s clothing, and the wooden fence.  All are very dark, yet you can see the shape of the body and the texture of the cloth.

studyforsarahtubb stanley spencer

Study for Sarah Tubb

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The drawing above is a quick study which I think is good.  He has used black pencils to add tone.  The lines have been drawn swiftly and the movement is expressed by the curves of the lines

Portrait of Mr Philip Metz - 1959

Portrait of Mr Philip Metz – 1959

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Stanley Spencer’s portrait of Mr Philip Metz Has more subtle mark making on the face; he has blended the tones to make them smooth.

This could probably be achieved with an eraser or by rubbing with your finger.

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The portrait below is drawn with ink, and is different than Mr Philip Metz’s.  It is interesting to see how Spencer has used hatching to describe the contours of the face.

Self-Portrait 1913 Sir Stanley Spencer 1891-1959 Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2005 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T11974

Self-Portrait 1913 Sir Stanley Spencer 1891-1959 Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2005 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T11974

Sources

I have found a website http://www.stanleyspencer.org.uk/ which has been very helpful for my researching.  I had previously seen only Spencer’s paintings, which are different from his drawings.  A large collection of his work can be found here.

http://www.tate.org.uk

Though I have found biographical information about Spencer I have not included it in my writing here.  I have looked at his drawings and made observations.

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