Now representing: the Estate of Euan Uglow

Bridgeman Images is now representing the Estate of Euan Uglow for copyright, reproduction and licensing


Euan Uglow (1932-2000) was a painter best known for his nude paintings. His work included landscapes, portraits, and still lifes, but his most well-known works are his nudes.  The artist's precision of composition was well established, Uglow's perfectionism meant that his output was small, albeit highly detailed.


 Euan Uglow, 1987 (b/w photo), Jorge Lewinski (1921-2008) / Private Collection / © The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth


Uglow was born and raised in south London and his life centred around the capital.  During the Second World War, he and his brother John were evacuated to a farm in Cornwall, England, where his creativity flourished and he decided to become a conscientious objector.


Articulation, 1995-96 (oil on canvas), Euan Uglow (1932-2000) / Private Collection / Browse and Darby, London


Often (and somewhat misleadingly) described as a figurative or realist painter, his works are both radical and experimental.  His aim was to create "a structured painting full of controlled, and therefore potent, emotion".  But whilst his works were greatly admired and desirable to individuals, they were often undervalued and under-represented in museums.


Eve, 1969 (oil on canvas), Euan Uglow (1932-2000) / Private Collection / Browse and Darby, London


Apple and Pear, 1985 (oil on canvas), Euan Uglow (1932-2000) / Private Collection / Browse and Darby, London 

Uglow believed that no one could be too much of a perfectionist, even going as far as making his own frames for his works. Using his training from William Coldstream at the  Camberwell School of Art and Slade School of Art, he carefully measured his paintings at each stage of construction and preferred his canvas to be either a square, a golden rectangle, or a rectangle of exact root value. This was done to achieve the right tone and extend the proportions. 


Curled Nude on Stool, 1982-83 (oil on canvas), Euan Uglow (1932-2000) / Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Museums, UK


Despite his natural authority, Uglow was quite a shy artist, who had a dislike for self-promotion.  He also rejected an offer to become a member of the Royal Academy in 1961.  Although he was briefly a trustee at the National Gallery.


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Bridgeman Artists' Copyright Service

The Estate of Euan Uglow joins a distinguished list of artists and artists’ estates to have appointed the Bridgeman Artists’ Copyright Service including Lucian Freud and Stanley Spencer. 

Even if the image is not held by Bridgeman, copyright can still be cleared.

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