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The Slade School of Art – Part One

September 6, 2010 by  
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William Coldstream, Window in Hampstead 1981


Painting Perceptions is again fortunate to have a guest article from Neil Plotkin who has been living in London for the summer. This first post is an brief overview where he looks at a few significant painters coming out of the The Slade School of Art in the UK whose faculty has included some of the world’s greatest painters in perceptual painting such as Frank Auerbach, Euan Uglow, and Lucian Freud.


The Slade School of Art – Part One by Neil Plotkin


As I’ve been looking at galleries and museums during my stay in London, the work that seems to balance drawing and paintings skills with an ability to remain contemporary tends to have a common source — The Slade School of Art. Either through its graduates, teachers or a general influence on artists working here, the work seems to stand out as well balanced and interesting.

William Coldstream – Portrait of Howard Griffin 1968-1969

Located in central London, The Slade School of Art was started in the 1868, with the intent to create a school where fine art could be studied within a liberal arts university. Some of its graduates include Gwen John, Stanley Spencer, Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash, Euan Uglow, Paula Rego, Cicily Brown, Jenny Saville, Rachel Whiteread, and more recently, Andy Pankhurst, Robert Dukes, Claudia Carr, and Judith Green. Some of the teachers who have taught there are also distinguished: Frank Auerbach, Euan Uglow, Lucian Freud, Paula Rego, Craigie Aitchison, Sir Ernst Gombrich (art history) to name just a few.

I find that the post-war period up through more recent times is particular interesting. The era could be said to have started when William Coldstream joined the faculty in the late 1940s. He had just finished teaching Patrick George at Camberwell College of Art. Euan Uglow followed him from Camberwell College to the Slade. Both Uglow and George went on to develop their work based on his methods and to teach several generations of artists at the Slade School of Art. I am giving this background as a way to show some artists who are unknown or not known enough in the U.S. and to show the tradition within which they are painting.

(ed note: the following artists have links to either their websites, gallery or Wikipedia pages – also many have larger views if clicked)

Euan Uglow Girl Tree 1989-91 Oil on Canvas 47 x 59 inches
(click for larger view)

Patrick George

Frank Auerbach

Andy Pankhurst

Robert Dukes

Claudia Carr

Judith Green

Charlie Millar

One excellent source of information and images for Euan Uglow can be found at this link to his dealer for 30 years, Browse & Darby.

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4 Responses to “The Slade School of Art – Part One”
  1. Kathryn Law says:

    Wonderful synopsis and beautiful illustrations. Another Slade alum who is a phenomenal painter is Tai Schierenberg (

  2. Oh I agree w/ Kathryn. Tai Schierenberg’s work is wonderful, especially in person. As an aside… I got rejected from the Slade. Things happen for a reason though I suppose.

  3. Valentino says:

    Nice. Generally speaking, I can’t say that I am the biggest fan of, say, L. Freud and/or his followers, but I do appreciate people who show that painting skills counts and that representational painting is as vital, exciting and relevant as any other contemporary art movement.

  4. siri perera says:

    I Loved studying at the Slade.

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