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.

Black and white photographic portrait of Simon Klein by Branka Jujic

Simon Klein Photo: Branka Jukic

One Paved Court Art Space and Studio

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 colleague
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.

Simon Klein, June 2020

austere line drawing of a cat with tail raised

White Tee Shirt

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.

Simon & Guillaume Klein: Imagined Bodies, Imagined Spaces


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!


austere line drawing of a cat with tail raised

CatStill from animated film


New Pastels

two vigorously drawn nude figures

Allegory of DepositionChalk pastel on paper 55 x 38 cms.

colourful expressionistic figures dancing intertwined

Spanish Boot Chalk pastel on paper 55 x 38 cms.

blue female nude intertwined with head and shoulders of a man in starched collar shirt and tie

Figures, Sun, Hat and Moon Chalk pastel on paper 55 x 38 cms.



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
seated figure with legs raised, surrounded my stature fragments

Female figure with statuesOil, charcoal and paintstick on canvas. 120 x 160 cms.

dancer in a yellow skirt holding a top hat

Dancer Oil, charcoal and paintstick on canvas 120 x 165 cms.

central figure holding a basket, his companion to the right on a red background

Two figures with bird, basket and drapes Oil, charcoal and paintstick on canvas 120 x 165 cms.

two cafe figures seated in the corner of a blue room

Couple with Cat Oil on canvas

figure of a woman against dark blue background

Amphititre Oil on canvas, 109 x 83 cms.

blue figure on a blue background with second figure moving off to the left

Bottoms up over Arles Oil on canvas, 102 x 86 cms.

moonlit figure on a dark background, mysterious legs nearby

Figures and Duck Oil on canvas, 34 x 18 cms.

stanbding figure painted in dark colours with heavy impasto

Standing in Between Oil on board, 42 x 36 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
the back of a pale figure in front of red drapes

Woman with Marionettes and Duck Oil on canvas, 72 x 100 cms.


Works on Paper

tall langourous figure in swimming costume

Figure Standing with Drape Pencil on paper, 25 x 17 cms.

complex arrangement of angelic figures

Annonciation Pencil on paper, 25 x 17 cms.

seated figure surrounded by symbols

Philosopher Pencil on paper, 25 x 17 cms.

a circus-like figure in long coat and boots

Figure with Fish Watercolour, 22 x 15 cms.

nude with outstretched legs petting a passing blue cat

Figure with Cat Watercolour, 29 x 20 cms.

acrobat-lie figure in yellows and greens

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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