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Added by Kenji on 19 Dec 2014 08:28
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Carel Weight Paintings

Carel Victor Morlais Weight (10 September 1908 โ€“ 13 August 1997) was an English painter.

Weight was born in Paddington in 1908. He studied at the Hammersmith School of Art and Goldsmiths College. His first solo exhibition was held in the Cooling Gallery in 1933 and later exhibited in some major London galleries and throughout the UK.

During the Second World War, Weight served with the Royal Engineers and Army Education Corps. As an Official War Artist in 1945, he worked in Austria, Greece, and Italy. In 1947, he began teaching at the Royal College of Art, and was professor of painting there from 1957. He retired in 1973.

He was appointed a CBE in 1962 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh University in 1982. He was appointed a Companion of Honour in 1995. Some of his work is owned by the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Many of his paintings showed suburban settings in which unexpected human dramas occurred, some of them humorous and some frightening. Each painting's location was chosen specifically for its abstract structure; the locations were usually actual places, but the figures were imagined and "gr[e]w under the brush". Weight wrote that his art was "concerned with such things as anger, love, hate, fear and loneliness", and said, "for me the acid test of a painting is: will the ordinary chap get anything out of this?". He was prolific, and typically painted 50 paintings in a year.

Weight died on 13 August 1997 at the age of 88.

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