Simon Klein, Introduction

1975 left boarding school for Amersham College. Oil painting, Impressionism and the Fauves.

1978 The Slade, drawing and painting from the life model. Studied Cezanne with Lawrence Gowing. Married Françoise 1980. Degree show 1982, paintings of Francoise pregnant with Charlotte.

New Image as I left the Slade. Visited Paul Pagk painting in Paris. Returned to make large cotton duck canvasses stretched on rough brick walls in Richmond shop basement. Paintings often inspired by Biblical narratives and sometimes used at my local church services.

Part-time teaching job at Kingston College. One-shot paintings done directly in the landscape on 5 ft. canvasses strapped to easels and trees. Thick, waxy paint medium, on sized cotton duck. Francoise pregnant with latecomer 4th child, a boy!

Increasingly abstracted paintings based on watercolours and photos of kids’ toys. Czech marionettes and mono-printing marks on Japanese paper printed without a press

Working on new album of songs recorded in painting studio. Painting from from direct observation, figures and Puppet-like characters.


The Student Years
Simon Klein - The Student Years

Self Portrait

My mother was an amateur/professional painter who loved classical art, which somehow connected me to Burne-Jones, but at 17 oil painting, Impressionism and the Fauves happened simultaneously for me. Before that I had just been drawing. At the Slade much of my time was spent working from the life model. Studied Cézanne for thesis with Lawrence Gowing. Married Françoise in 1980. Last year of the Slade working from Françoise in her first pregnancy early in the morning before she went to work. More...

New Image
Simon Klein New Image detail of Jonah and the Whale

Jonah and the Whale

My take on New image was partially influenced by my brother, Paul Pagk and his friends working in Paris at the time. I worked on large un-stretched cotton duck canvases on a rough brick wall in a shop basement, painting with powder pigment mixed in acrylic. The paintings were often from Biblical narratives and sometimes used as part of the worship at a church Françoise and I attended at the time. More...

Observation / Figuration
Simon Klein, Richmond Park

Richmond Park

Half time teaching job at Kingston College and 5-ft canvasses taken out into the landscape in the back of an estate car and strapped to easels and trees. The ones that worked were usually done in one shot. Using waxy, almost encaustic type paint medium, on un-primed sized cotton duck. Françoise pregnant with latecomer 4th child, a boy! More...

Abstraction
Simon Klein - The Student Years

Two x Two

My M.A. at Kingston University led me into phenomenology; Merleau-Ponty on reflexivity and Bachelard, especially “water and dreams”. Increasingly abstracted paintings based on watercolours and photos of kids toys, in attic sky-lit bathroom bath, with hot and cold taps later followed by bottles of shampoo etc. Washing, pouring, painting, process in Alkyd paint medium and wax painting sticks. Had a band called Skrawl. All connected I think. More...

Puppet
STanding Male Marionette, detil of oil paintg by Simon Klein

Standing Male Marionette

Founded the MonkClub music club and made a vinyl 10-inch album My World. Czech marionettes given to me by my mother shortly before my father died. Mono-printing marks on Japanese paper printed without a press. Somehow a sideways shot at coming to terms with his loss of family in the Holocaust. Took me on a journey that helped lead me back to a renewed Christian faith. Made Puppet album. More...

Current
Simon Klein, Richmond Park

Still Life

Mainly working from objects ie; painters mannequin, Pupo from Sicily, decorative drapes, flowers (usually dead), basketball boots. All in somewhat arbitrary arrangements often accumulated on paint spattered studio floorboards. Working on new album of songs, all recorded in painting studio. Occasional views through window and stuff on tables too. Friends sometimes pose. Obsessed with south facing studio and light. Only want to work from direct observation for time being. Smaller brushes. Wanting a hidden narrative/set of relationships within paintings, but not sure to what degree I can construct it. Maybe with figures and Puppet type characters. Whatever or how you paint, paint is with love! More...

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