Euan Uglow  (British, 1932-2000) 

Euan Uglow (English, March 10, 1932–August 31, 2000) became well-known for his still-life and nude paintings. He studied at the Camberwell School of Art from 1948 to 1950. While there, he studied under William Coldstream (British, 1908–1987). When Coldstream left Camberwell to teach at the Slade School of Art in 1951, Uglow followed him, and he stayed at Slade as a student until 1954. Uglow's success in art was slow to develop. He did not sell a painting until he had been out of art school for eight years. During those years, he took part-time teaching jobs, most notably from Slade. He would be associated with Slade for the rest of his life.

In 1962, one of Uglow's paintings, German Girl, was removed from the municipal art gallery in Bradford, Yorkshire, because it offended decency. He held his first solo show in 1961 at the Beaux Arts Gallery, but his slow method of working limited the solo shows he held over his career. He did take part in many group shows including exhibitions of the London Group and the annual John Moores Prize exhibitions in Liverpool. In 2002, a posthumous retrospective titled Spotlight on Euan Uglow toured around Britain.

Uglow's paintings, such as Root five Nude and Zagi, were created in a methodical manner. He used many measurements and corrections to create paintings that were not hyperreal but still fairly true to life. His work was so time consuming that he once joked that he began painting one model when she was engaged, was still painting when she got married, and did not finish until she was divorced. His paintings were mostly of the human figures, but he also painted landscapes and still-life works.

Uglow's work can be seen in the collections of many museums including the Arts Council of England, the British Council, the National Museum of Wales, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Uglow died of liver cancer at his home in Wandsworth, London, in 2000. Marlborough Fine Art, London, now represents Uglow's estate.

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Euan Uglow, Watermelon in Morocco


Euan Uglow
Watermelon in Morocco

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Euan Uglow, Nude on Rose Chaise Longue


Euan Uglow
Nude on Rose Chaise Longue

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Euan Uglow, Model Climbing Stairs (Rear End)


Euan Uglow
Model Climbing Stairs (Rear End)

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Euan Uglow, Girl in A Green Dress (The Beret)


Euan Uglow
Girl in A Green Dress (The Beret)

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Euan Uglow, Funeral Scene


Euan Uglow
Funeral Scene

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Euan Uglow, Snow on Sommerton


Euan Uglow
Snow on Sommerton

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Euan Uglow, Study for Girl Tripping


Euan Uglow
Study for Girl Tripping
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Euan Uglow, French Girl


Euan Uglow
French Girl

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Euan Uglow, Halloween Still Life


Euan Uglow
Halloween Still Life

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Euan Uglow, View of Trees near Woodcott


Euan Uglow
View of Trees near Woodcott, 1961


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Euan Uglow, Nude


Euan Uglow
oil on board


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Euan Uglow, Italian girl


Euan Uglow
Italian girl, 1960
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1932   Born: in London, England
1948 - 1950   Attended Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, awarded David Murray Scholarship
1951 - 1954   Trained at the Slade School of Fine Art
1961   Started to teach at the Slade School of Fine Art
1972   Recipient, the John Moores Painting Prize
2000   Died: in London, England on August 31st
2007   Christmas Exhbition of Works on paper, Marlborough London, London
2006   Defining the Contemporary, Marlborough London, London
2005   1979, Bloomberg Space, London
2005   Three Points of View, Browse & Darby, London
2004   Marlborough Re-opening Exhibition, Marlborough Galerie AG, Zurich
2002   A Measure of Reality, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
2001   Euan Uglow: Night Paintings, Browse and Darby, London (solo)
2000   La Mirada Fuerte. Pintura degurative de Londres, Mexico City (British Council exhibition)
2000   Encounters, National Gallery, London
1999   Euan Uglow: Drawings, Browse and Darby, London (solo)
1997   Euan Uglow, Browse and Darby, London (solo)
1994   Five Protagonists, Browse and Darby, London
1993   Euan Uglow, Salander O’Reilly Gallery, New York, in association with Browse and Darby (solo)
1992 - 1993   British Figurative Painting of the 20th Century, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1991 - 1992   Bacon to Now, The outsider in British Figuration, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
1991   Euan Uglow: Ideas, 1952-91, Browse and Darby, London (solo)
1990   The Pursuit of the Real, Manchester City Art Gallery, and tour
1989   Euan Uglow: Nudes, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (solo)
1987 - 1988   Invited artist, 8th International Drawing Biennale, Cleveland
1986   Studies of the Nude, Marlborough Fine Art, London
1985   British Arts in Italy, Canterbury College of Art
1984 - 1985   The Singular Vision, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter and tour
1984   The Proper Study, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (British Council exhibition)
1984   The Hard Won Image, Tate Gallery, London
1983   Euan Uglow: paintings and drawings, Browse and Darby, London (solo)
1981   Eight Figurative Painters, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
1981   From Object to Object, Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
1980   The British Art Show, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, and tour (Arts Council exhibition
1979   Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London (Arts Council exhibition)
1979   The Knot of Life, L.A. Louver Gallery, Los Angeles
1977   British Painting, 1953-1977, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1977   Euan Uglow: recent paintings and drawings, Browse and Darby, London (solo)
1976   The Human Clay, Hayward Gallery, London, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
1976   The Human Clay, Hayward Gallery, London, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
1975   Body and Soul, Peter Moores Liverpool Project 3, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1974   Euan Uglow, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (Arts Council touring exhibition) (solo)
1974   Uglow: Drawings, Colnaghi, London (solo)
1972   John Moore’s 8, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1971   Painting and Perception, The MacRobert Arts Centre Gallery, University of Sterling
1969   Uglow Drawings, Gardener Centre, Sussex University, London (solo)
1968   Helen Lessore and the Beaux Arts Gallery, Marlborough Fine Art, London
1964   London Group 1914-64, Jubilee exhibition - Fifty Years of British Art, Tate Gallery, London, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
1964   Six Young Painters, Blackburn Art Gallery, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
1962   Drawing towards painting, Six young painters, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum
1961   New Painting 1958-61, Torquay Art Gallery, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
1961   Euan Uglow. Paintings and Drawings, Beaux Arts Gallery, London (solo)
1960 - 1961   Modern British Portraits, The Arts Council Gallery, Cambridge, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)