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Euan Uglow was born March 10, 1932 in London. He went to Strand School before studying at Camberwell College of Arts from 1948 to 1950 under William Coldstream, who influenced Uglow greatly. When Coldstream left to teach at the Slade School of Art, University College London (University of London) in 1951, Uglow transferred there as well. In 1954, as a conscientious objector, he began two years in building work and farming. Starting in 1961, he himself was to teach part-time at the Slade School, continuing for many years.
Uglow is best known as a painter of the figure, particularly of female nudes, as well as portraits, still lives and landscapes. His ostensibly simple compositions usually consist of a single figure in a setting emptied of extraneous detail; a typical still life may feature a single piece of fruit on a plain tabletop.
In 1972 he won the John Moores Painting Prize.
In 1982 Uglow was invited by Stass Paraskos to spend time at the Cyprus College of Art, which resulted in a number of landscapes with Cypriot colors and themes.
Euan Uglow died in South London on August 31, 2000.
His admirers include David Sylvester, Paul Smith and Cherie Blair. In the days after Uglow's death, his unfinished picture entitled Striding Nude, Blue Dress became notorious in the British press when the identity of the female sitter was revealed to be Cherie Blair, the wife of the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair. She had posed for the painting while a student in the late 1970s.
In 2003, Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal mounted the first major exhibition of Euan Uglow's paintings since his death in 2000. Approximately fifty paintings, from every decade of Uglow's career,were shown, including portraits, nudes and still-lives, as well as a group of Christmas cards made by the artist for his friends and family.
His works are in numerous public collections, including:
The Arts Council of Great Britain
The British Museum, London
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Tate Gallery, London
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