Simon Klein

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.

Simon's latest exhibition is Simon & Guillaume Klein: Imagined Bodies, Imagined Spaces, a two-man show with his son at One Paved Court Art Space and Studio in Richmond, Surrey.

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

Black and white photographic portrait of Simon Klein by Branka Jujic

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.

Annonciation Pencil on paper, 25 x 17 cms.

Philosopher Pencil on paper, 25 x 17 cms.

Figure with Fish Watercolour, 22 x 15 cms.

Figure with Cat Watercolour, 29 x 20 cms.

Figure with Window Watercolour, 27 x 21 cms.


Simon Klein, B.A. Hons, M.A.


1994-97  M.A. in Contemporary Fine Art Practice, Kingston University.

1983  Boise Travelling Scholarship

1978-82  Slade School of Art, B.A. hons.

1975-78  Amersham College of Art, Diploma in Art

Selected Exhibitions

2018 July  One person Show JDP Music building St Hilda’s College, Oxford

2018  Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 206th exhibition, Mall Galleries London

2018  'Simon and Guillaume Klein: Imagined Bodies, Imagined Spaces', curated by Michelle Klein, One Paved Court Art Space and Studio, Richmond, Surrey

2017  Ruth Borchard self-portrait exhibition purchase prize

2016  Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual

2014  Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Competition

2014  Art House Open Studios, Richmond, Surrey

2014  Group Show, The Blue Shed, ‘Art in Ditchling,’ Sussex

2013  The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London

2011  Solo exhibition Penny School Gallery, Kingston College Kingston-upon-Thakes, Surrey

2008  Solo exhibition, The Green Room, The National Theatre, Southbank, London

2007  The London Art Fair 2007 Islington, Roman Black Gallery

2006  20/21 Art Fair, Henry Boxer Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

2004  Group show, Andre Demedtshuis Gallery. Sint-Baafs-Vijve, Belgium

2002  Solo show, Stanley Picker Gallery Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

1999  'Between Water and Dreams,' Solo show, Penny School Gallery, Kingston College, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

1998  Two-person show with Richard Graville, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

1996  Solo show, Surrey University, Guildford, Surrey

1994  ART ’94, The London Contemporary Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London

1993  Royal Over-Seas League, Annual Open Exhibition, St. James, London

1990  Solo show, Arts Centre Group, Waterloo, London

1988  Group show, Crucial Gallery, Portobello, London

1986  'From Stones to Tupperware', group show and installation, Waterman's Art Centre, London

1984  Group show, St. Botolph's church, Whitechapel, London

1984  Two-person show with Simon Howell, Bloomsbury Gallery, Russell Square, London

1982  Christies Inaugural: 'Pick of the new Graduate Art,' St. James, London


Associate 0.5 Lecturer in Art and Design, Kingston College

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