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 shortlisted for the Chaiya Art Awards 2018 (Oxo Tower, London) and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2018 (Mall Galleries, London). He exhibited at Jacqueline du Pré Music Building St Hilda’s College, Oxford, in July 2018.
Following their successful 2018 show at One Paved Court Art Space and Studio in Richmond, Surrey, Simon and his son the sculptor Guillaume Klein return to the gallery this autumn, showcasing a range of new oil paintings, pastels and sculptures in their latest exhibition Structured Through Movement .
The making of their work is fostered by the movement of their tools and the process of manipulating materials. Whether in the two-dimensional or the three-dimensional, these works invite their viewers to contemplate the relationships between sculpture and movement, both figurative and abstract.
Simon & Guillaume Klein: Imagined Bodies, Imagined Spaces One Paved Court Art Space and Studio, Richmond
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
Female figure with statuesOil, charcoal and paintstick on canvas. 120 x 160 cms.
Dancer Oil, charcoal and paintstick on canvas 120 x 165 cms.
Two figures with bird, basket and drapes Oil, charcoal and paintstick on canvas 120 x 165 cms.
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.