STUBBS, Constance

1927 - 2015

Constance Stubbs

Born at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on 6 August 1927, her mother's maiden name was Irwin. Constance studied at Cheltenham School of Art and in 1946 gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Art 1949-1951 where she worked under Professor Robin Darwin (1910-1974) and her tutors included Ruskin Spear (1911-1990), John Minton (1917-1957), Carel Weight (1908-1997) and Rodrigo Moynihan (1910-1990). After graduation she worked for a year in the Greek studio of Christos Kapralos (1909-1993) and in 1950 held her first solo exhibition ‘A Year in Greece’ at the Anglo-Hellenic Club in Athens. On her return to England she taught at a girls' school in Shropshire then worked in advertising in London. She married in Surrey in 1957, artist Harold Wilfred Yates {q.v.] and, as well as bringing a young family, Constance became senior lecturer at the Coloma Teacher Training College in Kent. In 1964 she successfully competed against leading contemporary artists for the commission to paint a reredos of the ‘Fall and the Ascent of Man’ in the new chapel at St Mary’s Teacher Training College, Strawberry Hill, London. Constance Stubbs became an established artist following her 1981 move to The Willows, Bell Corner, Pakenham, Suffolk, which afforded her the opportunity to develop and further her diverse talents resulting in one woman shows around East Anglia and in London. In 1982 she joined Gainsborough's House Print Workshop in Sudbury and out of 200 artists was selected for the 1982 Hayward Annual Exhibition of British Drawing, her work was singled out by the Guardian’s art critic as outstanding. Her innovative collage technique, using acrylic or watercolour with gouache, chalk and pastel, builds up delicate layers of radiant and exotically coloured textures on canvas or board. In 1987 'The Arts Review' critic wrote of her pictures then showing at the Oxford Gallery, '[They] have about them a kind of modern monumentality that bears witness to the pains and pleasures of human existence.' She is a member of Contemporary Portrait Society; the Royal Pastel Society and Artworks Bury St Edmund's also has exhibited amongst others at the Anglo-Hellenic League, Athens; in London at Blenheim Gallery, Brampton Gallery, Hammond Lloyd Gallery and Brunswick Gallery; Fairfield Halls, Croydon; Coach House Gallery, Guernsey; Classic Gallery, Newton Abbot with later exhibitions at Chappel Galleries, Essex in 1991 and at the John Russell Gallery, Ipswich in 2005. She later lived at The Old School, Church Hill, Pakenham, Bury St Edmund's and she died in 2015.









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