Simmonds, Stanley: The Boatyard – SOLD


An abstract work in Stanley Simmonds distinctive style combining his strong sensitivity towards colour and form, acrylic on board, signed and inscribed ’59, framed.

Artist: Stanley Simmonds, (1917-2006)

Title and date: The Boat Yard, 1959

Size: 44.0 x 59.5 cms.

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Artist description:

He was born in 1917 in Droitwich, Worcestershire, he attended Birmingham College of Art and saw wartime service in the Royal Navy before resuming his studies at the Royal College of Art. His first job was as art teacher at the Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School where he stayed for 30 years.

From the late 1950s to the 1970s his career flourished with a series of successful exhibitions from 1958 to 1962 at the innovative Bear Lane Gallery in Oxford showing alongside leading artists including Ivon Hitchens, Keith Vaughan, John Bratby and John Piper. He exhibited mainly figurative work, landscapes and architectural subjects with a strong sensitivity towards colour and form.

Like many Modern British artists of his generation, Stanley Simmonds was increasingly attracted to abstraction which took many different forms, with elements of the neo-romantics such as Keith Vaughan, Michael Ayrton and Graham Sutherland, and from further afield Mark Rothko and the Colour Field artists. In the most successful of them, he forged a vision and style uniquely his own combining abstraction and figuration.

Following his retirement, he moved to Launceston and in the late 1970s and 1980s, he returned to a more figurative style with successful exhibitions at the Somerville Gallery in Plymouth and Exeter University.