Carel Weight RA (1908 – 1997)   Carel Weight RA (1908 – 1997)  

Carel Weight RA (1908 – 1997)

Kentish Landscape is an oil on board and circa 1950, measuring Height 12 inches x Width 22 inches ( H30.48 cms x W55.88cms) and is in excellent condition.

Kentish Landscape is available £POA, subject to prior sale and is an important work by a wonderful artist. (Item 203).

Carel Weight (1908 – 1997)

Carel Weight was born in London in 1908 and spent much time as a child living with foster parents as his parents both worked. His placement was in fact his Godmother in what was considered at the time a more working class part of London. His parents were considered middle class and he spent only weekends with them. His appreciation of the difference between deprevation and affluence remained with him and were infused in his work. He studied at the Hammersmith School of Art from 1928 to 1930 where he met Ruskin Spear who became a lifelong friend. He was encouraged by James Bateman to go to Goldsmith’s College where he lent towards a more imaginative composition. He went on to hire gallery space at Coolings Gallery in 1934 in Bond Street out of which came some attention following an article in The Observer. To support himself he went on to teach extensively and exhibited at The Royal Academy and also went to Italy in 1945 as a war artist. On his return and through teaching at The Royal Academy he painted portraits and landscapes and produced a mural for the 1951 Festival of Britain. Much of his work is known for its melancholic style, particularly evident in the mysterious presences in his ghost paintings. He became Professor of Painting of The Royal Academy in 1957 and was awarded a CBE in 1962. He was later appointed as a Royal Academician and had a one man exhibition there in 1982. He died in 1997 after a short illness.

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