Simon Klein, The Student Years, 1977-1982

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

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.


The Student Years
Simon Klein - The Student Years

Self Portrait

Oil painting, Impressionism and the Fauves ... at the Slade working from the life model ... studied Cézanne with Lawrence Gowing .. married Françoise. More...

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

Jonah and the Whale

Influenced by my brother, Paul Pagk and his friends working in Paris ... Biblical narratives sometimes used at a church we attended at the time. More...

Observation / Figuration
Simon Klein, Richmond Park

Richmond Park

Teaching at Kingston College ... 5-ft canvasses strapped to easels and trees ... usually done in one shot ... waxy paint on cotton duck. More...

Abstraction
Simon Klein - The Student Years

Two x Two

Phenomenology, Merleau-Ponty and Bachelard ... “water and dreams” ... abstracted paintings based on watercolours and photos of kids toys ... washing, pouring, painting in Alkyd paint and wax painting sticks ... had a band called Skrawl. More...

Puppet
Standing Male Marionette, detail of oil painting by Simon Klein

Standing Male Marionette

Founded the MonkClub ... made a vinyl 10-inch album My World ... marionettes ... mono-printing on Japanese paper ... coming to terms with loss of family in the Holocaust ... a journey back to a renewed Christian faith ... made Puppet album. More...

Current
Simon Klein, Richmond Park

Still Life

Painter’s mannequin, Sicilian Pupo, drapes, flowers (usually dead), basketball boots ... arbitrary arrangements on paint spattered studio floorboards ... on new album of songs ... friends sometimes pose ... smaller brushes ... hidden narratives ... however you paint, paint is with love! More...

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