The Fine Art Society is delighted to be staging the first West End survey of Unity’s work. The exhibition marks the publication of Unity’s candid autobiography ‘Lucky to be an Artist’ which 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 Unity’s extraordinary life and ones she has not shrunk from confronting in her paintings. But in these works there is also joi de vivre, originality and beauty, and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Unity’s 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 will also show paintings by her father Stanley Spencer, her mother Hilda Carline, her uncles Gilbert Spencer and Richard Carline, and her grandfather George Carline. It will be an opportunity to appreciate Unity’s work within the context of this unique family heritage. All works will be for sale.