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.

Timeline

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

Exhibitions

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)