New Exhibition at Bethlem Gallery, Beckenham

From Bethlem Museum’s Reserve Collection, Stanley Lench’s work is bold and colourful, often depicting his childhood fascination with popular icons and stars of the silver screen.

Lench experienced prolonged bouts of mental illness throughout his life, which, on occasion forced him into a reclusive existence. Lench explained that he became an artist to ‘cheat death and time’. This statement reflects the themes of Lench’s work, but also highlights his ultimate goal: to be recognized and remembered for his art.

There will also be a gallery talk held at Bethlem on World Mental Health Day 10th October 2012 at 2pm.

When: Wednesday – Friday 11am – 5pm, 27th September – 19th October 2012. The gallery will also be open 11am – 5pm Saturday 6th October.

Where: Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX

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