Telfer Stokes

b. 1940

Telfer Stokes was born in St Ives in 1940. The son of Margaret Mellis and Adrian Stokes he was brought up at the centre of the avant-garde modernist movement in West Cornwall. After graduating from the Slade School of Art he was awarded a Beckmann Fellowship to pursue his studies at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York, in 1962. When in New York he was introduced to Barnett Newman and was one of the first English artists of his generation to live and work in the cityOn his return to England, Stokes taught at the Reading Art School and the Bath Academy, Corsham. He founded the imprint Weproductions in 1971 and published 20 visual narrative books exploring themes of reconnection and anti-commercialisation. Four of the publications were included in the Bookworks exhibition at MoMA, New York in 1977, alongside Gilbert & George, Bruce Nauman and Andy Warhol. Recently Stokes has been producing metal sculptures which explore the idea of reinvention and transformation. Group shows include Summer Show 3: Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism, Constructivism (1971) at the Serpentine Gallery, Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples/1960 to Now (2006) at MoMA, and Kettle’s Yard OPEN 2008. Stokes has had solo shows at the Grabowski Gallery (1965), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (1989), North House Gallery (2010 & 2013) and Austin Desmond Fine Art (2015). In November 2018, the Redfern Gallery staged a retrospective, which juxtaposed recent metal sculptures with a number of large-scale abstract paintings completed during his stay in New York in 1963, which were shown for the first time. 

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  • <span class=%22title%22>LRB<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    LRB, 2018
    Welded steel
    98 x 45 x 8.5 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Reminiscence<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    Reminiscence, 2018
    Welded steel
    38 x 37 x 7 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Flare<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2017</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    Flare, 2017
    Welded steel
    76 x 79 x 15 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Being There<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2016</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    Being There, 2016
    Welded steel
    40 x 72 x 6 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Filigree<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2016</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    Filigree, 2016
    Welded steel
    60 x 77 x 3.5 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Armorel<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2013</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    Armorel, 2013
    Welded steel
    63 x 51 x 12 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>For a Prize<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>1968</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    For a Prize, 1968
    Oil on canvas
    175 x 152 cm
    Signed, dated and titled verso
  • <span class=%22title%22>Tight Set<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>1968</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    Tight Set, 1968
    Oil on canvas
    173 x 212 cm
    Signed, dated and titled verso
  • <span class=%22title%22>Untitled<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>1968</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    Untitled, 1968
    Oil on canvas
    172 x 212 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>To Final Situation<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>1963</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    To Final Situation, 1963
    Oil on canvas
    212 x 182 cm
    Signed, dated and titled verso
  • <span class=%22title%22>Untitled<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>1963</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    Untitled, 1963
    Oil on canvas
    212 x 152 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Untitled<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>1963</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    Untitled, 1963
    Oil on canvas
    212 x 152 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Untitled<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>1963</span>
    Telfer Stokes
    Untitled, 1963
    Oil on canvas
    212 x 152 cm

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