ODD MAN OUT
Simon Quadrat PPRWA NEAC
New paintings Saturday 12 May until Sunday 1 July 2018
Simon Quadrat Talk: Friday 22 June 6.30pm Tickets: £10 / £25 with dinner to follow.
Now in his seventies, Simon Quadrat paints his childhood in run-down1950s London, peopled by a colourful collection of misfits whose faces tell a quite different story from the roles they are playing. The girl in the fairground booth surrounded by targets looks as if she feels a target herself and has seen far worse things anyway.
Simon Quadrat was born in London in 1946, the son of Jewish émigrés who scraped a living after the war having separately fled pre-war Germany in the 1930s leaving everything behind. Simon remembers a truly cosmopolitan family life conducted in many languages, often all at the same time. His father settled into business after the war and they frequently visited Europe, even post-war Germany, to see family. His mother was both a painter and a pianist. Simon also painted and played piano from an early age but describes himself as a scholarly child aware that he needed to make his living.
Simon studied law at Bristol University and established himself as a criminal barrister in the Temple in London and, from 1985, in Bristol where he continued to practice on the Western Circuit becoming Head of Chambers in the early 1990s. When Suzy his first wife died in 1996, his thoughts turned more and more to his passion for painting. In 1999 he remarried to Jenny and with her encouragement gave up the law to become a full-time professional painter.
All his life he has studied art, wherever he went, reading books about it and drawing. He taught himself to paint in his twenties mainly by rushing over to the London art galleries and museums whenever he had a spare hour. The design and astonishing humanity of early Sienese paintings echo throughout his work. However it is the modern British paintings of the immediate pre- and post-war that are most clearly referenced in his work. His palette of palest blues, ochre yellows and burnt orange seem straight from the fifties, retro and hugely popular now. He paints his memories of growing up in post-war London alongside images he gleans from gritty archive images and documentaries made at the time particularly the Free Cinema movement and the British Mass Observation Project. These authentic images help to feed his imagination and metamorphose into his highly distinctive multi-layered paintings.
In London Simon is represented by Panter and Hall on Pall Mall. He was elected an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy in 2004, became Academicians’ Chairman responsible for the major exhibitions in the main galleries at the RWA in 2007 and was elected President in 2010. In 2010 he filled Sladers Yard in a highly successful solo show and has exhibited here since in group shows. In 2012 he retired from the committee of the RWA and moved with Jenny to Wiltshire where he continues to paint. In 2015 he became a member of the New English Art Club. We are delighted to show another major collection of his recent work now.
Simon Quadrat’s exhibition will fill the first floor of Sladers Yard showing alongside the furniture of Petter Southall with ceramics and sculpture by leading artists and designers. Vanessa Gardiner’s exhibition runs at the same time in the ground-floor gallery.
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