‘Spencer House at Dusk’ by Stuart Stanley ASGFA was the winner of the Daler-Rowney award for the Best Work in DRAW 12, the SGFA Open Exhibition, as chosen by John Yardley RI, our guest selector.
Stuart writes about this work:
‘Spencer House at Dusk’ reveals all the qualities that have influenced my career as an artist. I studied at Eastbourne and Wimbledon Schools of Art specialising in theatre design and have worked since the late 60s as a theatre and events designer.
This background has made me very aware of the dramatic use of colour and light in my approach to painting. Combining this with a technique developed from scenic painting of not over elaborating but simplifying has led to the development of my own particular expressive style.
I work mainly in oil or acrylic with an underlying foundation of drawing; even in my painterly work there is a framework of careful drawing beneath.
What attracted me to Spencer House was the light emanating from the windows behind the dark silhouettes of the trees in Green Park — really a pure piece of theatre.
The painting was worked up from my sketch, photo and memory with a layering technique of acrylic till the right atmosphere I had remembered was achieved.
I was pleased with the outcome and honoured to have won the award.
Stuart Stanley ASGFA