Alfred Stockham ARCA RWA
Alfred Stockham’s paintings evolve with an air of gentle modesty; his compositions are bold, yet sensitive, strong yet gentle. His sympathetic approach to placement allows for forms to gently float amongst mottled textures of subtly layered colour. Greatly influenced by the sights and sounds of the East Street market in London where Stockham grew up, his palette is bright and vivid yet subtle and harmonious. An air of comfort emanates from his work, like that of a familiar yet allusive memory. Recognisable objects occasionally reveal themselves, adding further curiosity and intrigue to his work.
‘Over many years, I have gradually refined my approach to 2D design, aware that true greatness lies in simplicity.’ (Stockham)
At the age of 84, Stockham continues to paint. Widely recognised for his dreamlike pointillist paintings, Stockham is also known for his pure abstracts in which he focuses purely on geometric composition, balancing colour with structure and more importantly, negative space. He claims proudly that the negative form is so balanced in these paintings that they can be viewed from all sides and each view should be as pleasing as the other. An important influence, Stockham quotes one of his tutors, Frank Auerbach, when he said to the young Stockham, ‘Try to make your paintings as unlike it as you can.’.
Stockham was a Rome Scholar and Grenada Arts Fellow at the University of York. In 1968 he became head of Fine Art at the University of the West of England. Stockham was elected a full member of the Royal West of England Academy in 1993 and was Honorary Curator of the permanent collection of the RWA from 2001 until retirement.