Carel Weight CBE, RA, RWA, RBA, LG


Professor Carel Weight  was a painter and teacher who was born and lived in London. His mother was of German and Swedish descent. Like his friends L.S. Lowry, Ruskin Spear and Stanley Spencer, Weight had a unique vision of the world and liked to depict enigmatic human dramas in a suburban setting. His subject matter was sometimes humorous and sometime frightening. He also painted some fine portraits notably those of the painter Orovida Pissarro in the Tate Gallery and Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. He studied in London at Hammersmith School of Art between 1928-30 and Goldsmiths’ College between 1930-33. Weight had his first solo show at the Cooling Galleries in 1934. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1931, with the London Group and at the Leicester Galleries and Royal Society of British Artists, of which he was a member. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1965. During world War 11 he served with the Royal Engineers and Army Education Corps and in 1945 was appointed an Official War Artist which took him to Austria, Greece and Italy. Carel Weight  painted a mural for the Festival of Britain’s Country Pavilion in 1951 and another for Manchester Cathedral in 1963. In 1947 he began a long teaching association with the Royal College of Art, becoming Professor of Painting in 1957, a post which he held until 1973. He was held in great affection by his many students, including David Hockney.  Amajor retrospective exhibition was held at the Royal Academy in 1982 and other retrospectives were held at Newport Museum and Art Gallery in 1993 and the Bankside Gallery in London in 2000. Weight was made a Companion of Honour in 1995. Collections: Worldwide including the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.