LONDON.- The Fine Art Society
is staging the ﬁrst West End survey of work by Unity Spencer. The exhibition marks the publication of Unitys candid autobiography Lucky to be an Artist.
Unity Spencer has been an artist for seventy years. Her vocation should be no surprise her father was Stanley Spencer and her mother Hilda Carline. Painting was in her blood, and so too is searching for truth through the medium of paint.
Unitys autobiography recounts for the ﬁrst time her intimate memories of her father and the story of her own life, which has at times been challenging and hard. Forging her own artistic identity in the shadow of her famous parents, and the impact of their collapsing marriage; being a single mother in an era which deemed it morally unacceptable; escaping an abusive partner; striving to support herself and her son and remain true to the vision of her art these are all facets of Unitys extraordinary life and ones she has not shrunk from confronting in her paintings. But in these works there is also joie de vivre, originality and beauty, and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Unitys journey and the courage she has shown in her life and her art are an inspiration.
The exhibition consists of ﬁfty oils by Unity of all periods, together with etchings. The gallery is also showing paintings by her father Stanley Spencer, her mother Hilda Carline, her uncles Gilbert Spencer and Richard Carline, and her grandfather George Carline. It is an opportunity to appreciate Unitys work within the context of this unique family heritage. All works are for sale.
Journalist and presenter, Jon Snow, refers to the signiﬁcance of the publication:
Unity has provided a collectors item - a daughters direct and candid memories of a brilliant painter and the often chaotic world that surrounded him.
Lucky to be an Artist, Unity Spencers autobiography, provides a fresh perspective on the Spencer family and her parents tumultuous life. The book describes Unitys unconventional childhood, her complicated relationship with her father, Stanley Spencer, and her own career as an artist.