Simon Klein lives and paints in Richmond, Greater London. He graduated from the Slade School of Art with a B.A. Hons in 1982, and in 1997, gained a M.A. in Contemporary Fine Art Practice at Kingston University.
Throughout his career Simon has been a prolific artist and has exhibited regularly. In 2017 his self-portrait was bought for The Ruth Borchard Collection. His work was recently shortlisted for the Chaiya Art Awards 2018, Oxo Tower London and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2018, Mall Galleries London. He will be exhibiting at Jacqueline du Pré Music Building St Hilda’s College, Oxford, in July 2018.
The paintings are worked from memory and drawings. Hand, eye and concept, they are arrived at through process. By playing with the sensuality of the human figure in imagined spaces and image, I explore touch and the visible to question my sense of the beautiful.
Simon Klein 2018
Simon Klein Photo: Brank Jujic
Simon & Guillaume Klein: Imagined Bodies, Imagined Spaces One Paved Court Art Space and Studio, Richmond
Couple with Cat Oil on canvas
Amphititre Oil on canvas, 109 x 83 cms.
Bottoms up over Arles Oil on canvas, 102 x 86 cms.
Figures and Duck Oil on canvas, 34 x 18 cms.
Some of the figure paintings I class as anti-porn, 'bottoms and faces'. The paintings show figures in a searching, and sometimes humorously sensual mood. For each figure I look for the momentary pose, static and moving, a way of being that is caught up in its own meaning and self.
Simon Klein 2018
Standing in Between Oil on board, 42 x 36 cms.
Woman with Marionettes and Duck Oil on canvas, 72 x 100 cms.
Works on Paper
Figure Standing with Drape Pencil on paper, 25 x 17 cms.