Chronology 1975-2016

The Student Years

Girl in Room 1978, oil on canvas 122x152 cms (detail)

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.

1980 Married Françoise. Degree show 1982, paintings of Françoise pregnant with Charlotte. More…

New Image

large detail of Jonah and the Whale oil painting by Simon Klein

Jonah and the Whale 1984. Acrylic on unstretched cotton duck 182x243 cms (detail)

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. More…

Observation / Figuration

Landscape of Richmond Park, oil painting by Simon Klein

Richmond Park 1993. Oil on canvas 92x153 cms (detail)

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. Françoise pregnant with latecomer 4th child, a boy! More…


Oil painting of Girl in Room by Simon Klein

2 x Two 2000. Oil and paint stick on canvas, 160x260 cms (detail)

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


large detail of Standing Male Marionette oil painting by Simon Klein

Standing Male Marionette 2007. Oil on canvas, 165x120 cms (detail)

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



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. More …

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