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Uglow (1932 – 2000) was born in London. Studied at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts (1948-50) and at the Slade School of Fine Art (1951-54) at the time when both schools in succession were directed by William Coldstream. Uglow was to continue to use his own method of careful measuring and clarity of outline learnt from Coldstream and others from the Euston Road School such as Claude Rogers and Victor Pasmore, and to combine it with organising his compositions with geometric precision and bright colour contrasts reminiscent of Italian Quattrocento painting.

He travelled widely to paint, spending time in Spain, Italy, France where he visited Giacometti in 1957, Morocco, Turkey, India and China, and most often in Cyprus, where be both taught and was artist-in-residence at its Art College in the 1980s. Apart from a few landscapes, his subjects were almost entirely studio-based: simple still-life motifs, isolated and forensically analysed, and female nudes standing, sitting frontally or bent over, lying curled up, relaxed or outstretched. His subjects were always placed in an imperceptibly geometrically organised composition, betrayed by a sparse scattering of Coldstream’s methodical discipline of dots and dashes These would enable the artist to maintain his viewpoint over the number of months or years he might take to finish a particular painting.

Although he won two scholarships for painting while still a student, he did not start to exhibit until 1960, with his first solo exhibition at the Beaux-Arts Gallery, London, in 1961. Thereafter his work was frequently included in museum and gallery exhibitions centering on figuration, with solo exhibitions at Sussex University (1969), the Whitechapel Art Gallery (1974, and again in 1989), and a posthumous touring retrospective exhibition, including the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, in 2003.

 

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Uglow (1932 – 2000) was born in London. Studied at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts (1948-50) and at the Slade School of Fine Art (1951-54) at the time when both schools in succession were directed by William Coldstream. Uglow was to continue to use his own method of careful measuring and clarity of outline learnt from Coldstream and others from the Euston Road School such as Claude Rogers and Victor Pasmore, and to combine it with organising his compositions with geometric precision and bright colour contrasts reminiscent of Italian Quattrocento painting.

He travelled widely to paint, spending time in Spain, Italy, France where he visited Giacometti in 1957, Morocco, Turkey, India and China, and most often in Cyprus, where be both taught and was artist-in-residence at its Art College in the 1980s. Apart from a few landscapes, his subjects were almost entirely studio-based: simple still-life motifs, isolated and forensically analysed, and female nudes standing, sitting frontally or bent over, lying curled up, relaxed or outstretched. His subjects were always placed in an imperceptibly geometrically organised composition, betrayed by a sparse scattering of Coldstream’s methodical discipline of dots and dashes These would enable the artist to maintain his viewpoint over the number of months or years he might take to finish a particular painting.

Although he won two scholarships for painting while still a student, he did not start to exhibit until 1960, with his first solo exhibition at the Beaux-Arts Gallery, London, in 1961. Thereafter his work was frequently included in museum and gallery exhibitions centering on figuration, with solo exhibitions at Sussex University (1969), the Whitechapel Art Gallery (1974, and again in 1989), and a posthumous touring retrospective exhibition, including the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, in 2003.

 

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