Alfred Stockham’s paintings are pure poetry. A master of colour, his oil paints glow like gold, the colours responding to one another in dynamic relationships. Reducing his abstract or figurative forms to merest suggestion, blocks of many-layered colour, his simple yet perfect compositions sing with a kind of narrative tension. [Anna Powell, Sladers Yard Gallery]
This is the first published work on the paintings of English artist Alfred Stockham. Born in London in 1933, Alfred Stockham spent seven years in the Royal Navy, in family tradition studying at Camberwell followed by the Royal College of Art under Peter Blake, and others gaining a Silver Medal. He was a Rome Scholar and Grenada Arts Fellow at the University of York. In 1968 he joined Bristol Polytechnic (now the University of the West of England) as a lecturer going on to become Head of Fine Art. Elected a member of the Royal West of England Academy in 1988 he acted as Honorary Curator of their permanent collection.
Witty, gregarious and generous, he has helped and influenced fellow artists from David Inshaw to Stewart Geddes. As a teacher, a friend and a colleague he has always been an inspiration.
Whilst admired, collected and loved by generations his passionate works are not so widely-known to the British public.