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.
Just passing through is a group of Simon's drawings and paintings made during lockdown, on display at Inside Out: Summer Window 2020 in Richmond, Surrey from 30 June – 19 July. In these works, Simon explores themes of lovers; couples and figures in a state of becoming.
My wife mourns a colleagueSimon Klein, June 2020
The desire to wail is met by her pillow
The psalms pass from grief to praise
One takes despair to chisel out a dark poetry
Languid shapes coalesce into shapes of light
Grace turns this darkness into a kind of brilliance
Happy / sad
Just passing through.
This is Simon's third exhibition at One Paved Court. Following their successful 2018 show Simon and his son the sculptor Guillaume Klein returned to the gallery in October, 2019, showcasing a range of new oil paintings, pastels and sculptures in their 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.
Cat, Simon's new song and animated video is the first single from his forthcoming album Will You Marry Me.
Ah at last I was just beginning to despair of finding something I liked enough to be kind to in a review when this bountiful in bounce beauty came into my email box; a song that flounces with a fine subtle rockabilly beat, the kind of song that one twists to in their kitchen whilst waiting for the kettle to boil. And did you notice I wrote song and not track for it has lyrics and melody and everything. It is a song you can both dance to and stroke your chin to: hurrah!monolithcocktail
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
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
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
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