The dance of gothic geometry: Churches by Stan Smith and others
About the exhibition
Do you love mediaeval architecture? Do you know your Romanesque from your Norman? Can you tell the difference between Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular? Or does the whole business give you an attack of the Gothic horrors ? Well, maybe it’s time to view your national heritage through the eyes of the late, great Stan Smith (1929-2001)
We have just retrieved more than a dozen of Stan’s lively watercolours and sketches of English country churches, from Saxon to Victorian, some of which make John Piper’s work look dull and boring in comparison.
Stan was no god-botherer, far from it. But he certainly did have an eye for the life and beauty in that stern Gothic geometry.
For good measure - and just to make sure Stan doesn’t completely hog the limelight - we’re including a few more churches by other leading lights of our gallery: Nick Barnham, Adrian Ryan and David Rolt.
Please note: the works are displayed only very roughly to scale. Click twice on the images to fully expand.
This is just a small array of Stan Smith’s works. We have many others from his estate and personal collection and have created special pages where you can peruse them by genre by clicking on the links below:
Artworks featured in the exhibition
Smith, Stan - Lullington church, Sussex Downs
Smith, Stan - Country chapel
Smith, Stan - Old Shoreham church
Smith, Stan - Country churchMore
Ryan, Adrian - Hawstead church, Suffolk
Smith, Stan - A West Country churchMore
Smith, Stan - St Mary's church Calne
Stan Smith - Saxon church, Sompting, Sussex
Smith, Stan - An English country churchMore
Smith, Stan - Teddington churchyard
Smith, Stan - The churchyard wall
Smith, Stan - Church tower, possibly in Wiltshire
Smith, Stan - Expressionist churchyard
Barnham, Nicholas - Haslingfield church
Rolt, David - Church spire, Terling, Essex
Barnham, Nicholas - Ickleton