Euan Uglow

Born in 1932 in London, Uglow inherited his tutor’s (Coldstream) system of measurements and marking, preferring to paint nudes and still lifes, and depicting them almost scupturally. He showed the making of the piece in the painting itself, delineating each plane precisely. In a continuation of this geometrical obsession, Uglow liked his canvases to be a golden rectangle, a square, or rectangle of exact root value.
Uglow attended Camberwell School of Art from 1948 to 1950, where the tutors included John Minton, Victor Pasmore, and William Coldstream. He was greatly influenced by the latter, as well as by Claude Rogers. When Coldstream left Camberwell for the Slade, Uglow followed him, studying there from 1951 to 1954. When he left, he undertook community work in lieu of military service, having registered as a conscientious objector. This led him to redecorate the house of Patrick George (a fellow artist), undertake restoration work on a Wren church, and help out on a farm.
In 1961, Uglow taught part-time at his two alma maters, and thereby continued a lifelong association with the Slade. He turned down an offer to become a member of the Royal Academy in this year, and had his first show at the Beaux Arts Gallery. In 1962, one of Uglow’s paintings, German Girl, was removed from an Arts Council Exhibition at the municipal art gallery in Bradford, after a local councillor claimed that it “offended decency”.
Uglow had an exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1974, then showed periodically at Browse & Darby, often taking part in many group exhibitions. He also showed in the US, in Jerusalem, and at many prestigious galleries in England. In 1991 he became a trustee of the National Gallery. Uglow died in 2000, at his home in Wandsworth.
1932  Born, London
1948-50  Attended Camberwel School of Arts and Crafts, awarded David Murray Scholarship1951  Received State Scholarship for the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London. First exhibited with the London Group
1952  Received Spanish State Scholarship to work in Segivia, Spain
1953  Awarded Abbey Minor Scholarship (Prix de Rome). Travelled to France, Holland, Belgium; spent six months in Italy
1954  Did building work and farming as a conscientious objector
1957  Worked in France and Spain. Visited Giacometti with David Sylvester
1959  Moved to studio in Battersea
1960  Elected member of the London Group
1961  Part-time-teaching at the Slade and Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts. Second prize in junior section of John Moore exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1962  Worked in France and Italy
1963  Worked in Morocco
1968  Worked in Turkey
1970  Won Edwin Austin Abbey Premier Scholarship
1972  Won first prize for the painting Nude, from Twelve Regular Vertical Positions from the Eye 1967 at John Moores 8, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1972-74  Worked in Italy during the Sumer months
1976  Worked in Italy
1980  Worked in Cyprus
1983  Worked in Cyprus
1984  Invited to the British Council to visit India for the exhibition The Proper Study, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1985  Worked in Cyprus
1987  Invited to teach in China
1990-95  Artist Trustee, National Gallery, London
1997  Honorary member of the London Institute
2000  Died 31st August in London

Selected One Man Exhibitions

1961  Paintings and Drawings, Beaux Art Gallery, London
1969  Drawings, Gardener Centre, Sussex University, London
1974  Euan Uglow, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (Arts Council touring exhibition)
Euan Uglow: Drawings, Colnaghi, London
1977  Euan Uglow: recent paintings and drawings, Browse & Darby, London
1983  Euan Uglow: paintings and drawings, Browse and Darby, London
1989  Euan Uglow: Euan Uglows Nudes, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1991  Euan Uglow: Ideas, 1952-91, Browse & Darby, London
1993  Euan Uglow, Salander OReilly Gallery, New York, in association with Browse and Darby
1997  Euan Uglow, Browse & Darby, London
1999  Euan Uglow: Drawings, Browse & Darby, London
2001  Euan Uglow: Night Paintings, Browse & Darby, London
2003  Drawings, Browse & Darby, London
2003  Controlled Passion, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
2006  Euan Uglow: A personal choice by Craigie Aitchison
2009 Drawings and Paintings, Browse & Darby, London
2012 Radical Clarity, Browse & Darby, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

1960-61  Modern British Portraits, The Arts Council Gallery, Cambridge, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
1961  New Painting 1958-61, Torquay Art Gallery, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
John Moores 3, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1962  Drawing towards painting, Six young painters, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum
1964  London Group 1914-64, Jubilee exhibition – Fifty Years of British Art, Tate Gallery, London, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
Six Young Painters, Blackburn Art Gallery, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
1968  Helen Lessore and the Beaux Arts Gallery, Marlborough Fine Art, London
1971  Painting and Perception, The MacRobert Arts Centre Gallery, University of Sterling
The Slade 1871-1971, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1972  John Moore’s 8, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1975  Body and Soul, Peter Moores Liverpool Project 3, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1976  The Human Clay, Hayward Gallery, London, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
1977  British Painting, 1953-1977, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1979  Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London (Arts Council exhibition)
The Knot of Life, L.A. Louver Gallery, Los Angeles
1980  The British Art Show, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
1981  Eight Figurative Painters, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
From Object to Object, Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery, and tour (Arts Council exhibition)
1984  The Proper Study, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (British Council exhibition)
The Hard Won Image, Tate Gallery, London
1984-85  The Singualr Vision, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter and tour
1985  British Arts in Italy, Canterbury College of Art
1986  Studies of the Nude, Marlborough Fine Art, London
1987-88  Invited artist, 8th International Drawing Biennale, Cleveland
1990  The Pursuit of the Real, Manchester City Art Gallery, and tour
1991-92  Bacon to Now, The outsider in British Figuration, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
1992-93  British Figurative Painting of the 20th Century, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1994  Five Protagonists, Browse and Darby, London
2000  La Mirada Fuerte. Pintura degurative de Londres, Mexico City (British Council exhibition)
2000  Encounters, National Gallery, London
2005  Three Points of View, Myles Murphy, Patrick Symons, Euan Uglow; Browse & Darby, London

Work in Public Collections

Arts Council of Great Britain
British Council, London
Cardiff, National Museum of Wales
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Glasgow Art Gallery, Scotland
Government Art Collection
Kings College, London

Liverpool University
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Southampton City Art Gallery
Tate Gallery, London
Wakefield Art Gallery