Exhibitions

Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War

15th February – 15th June 2014

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 temporary relocation of the paintings to Pallant House Gallery while the chapel undergoes major conservation work, offers a unique opportunity to see the murals at eye level in a gallery setting for the first time. Timed to mark the centenary of the First World War, the exhibition features the complete cycle of predella and lunette paintings along with related studies and drawings...read more...

Dennis Creffield: Cathedrals of England and France

15th February 2014 – 22nd June 2014

Brighton-based Dennis Creffield (b.1931) was once described by the American artist R.B. Kitaj as ‘one of England's most closely guarded secrets'. Born in London, Creffield studied under David Bomberg at the Borough Polytechnic. Later Creffield went on to study at the Slade where he was a prize-winner, becoming in due course a teacher himself and a substantial artist in his own right.

This exhibition brings together Creffield's charcoal drawings of English medieval cathedrals that were commissioned in 1987 by the Arts Council, together with their French counterparts. Including works from the Gallery's collection donated by the architect Colin St John Wilson, together with loans from the artist.

Artists’ Studies: From Pencil to Paint

15th February 2014 – 22nd June 2014

An exhibition examining the role of drawing and studies in the working methods of artists in the Gallery's prestigious collection of Modern British art such as Sickert, Bomberg, Caulfield, Hillier, Minton, Coldstream, and Sutherland. Presenting finished compositions alongside preparatory drawings and sketches, it will shed new light on some of the Gallery's best-known and most celebrated paintings.

Highlights include the painting ‘Jack Ashore' and a related charcoal study by Walter Sickert; David Bomberg's squared-up drawings for ‘The South East Corner, Jerusalem'; and the ‘Colony Room' by Michael Andrews displayed together with a preparatory study. The exhibition will also feature drawings made in series, including Graham Sutherland's sketches for his celebrated painting ‘Entrance to a Lane'on loan from the University of Chichester.

Intuitive Folk: Art from England and Japan

26th February 2014 – 27th April 2014

De'Longhi Print Room (Free Entry)

Building on the growing status of ‘Outsider Art' over the past year, this new exhibition pairs the work of two Japanese artists, Masao Obata (1943-2010) and Shinichi Sawada (b.1982) with two British artists, Chaz Waldren (b.1950) and Jason Pape who both share an intuitive approach to their artistic practice. Obata and Sawada were included in the acclaimed ‘Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan' exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, while Sawada also appeared in the recent BBC Imagine documentary and at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Jason Pape's and Chaz Waldren's work featured in the Outside In 2009 and 2012 exhibitions and Waldren's work is in the collections at Pallant House Gallery and the Museum of Everything.

The exhibition will show Obata's distinctive drawings on cardboard alongside Chaz Waldren's intuitive and decorative works, and Shinichi Sawada's thorny creatures displayed with Jason Pape's playful ceramic animals, juxtaposing their processes, cultural experiences and motivations to create.

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