Hugo Grenville
6 - 30 May 2019

 

Hugo Grenville is a painter of light, colour and pattern, influenced by his love and extensive knowledge of European painters from Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse to Patrick Heron. With a large number of major solo exhibitions in New York and Palm Beach, it is with great pleasure that David Simon Contemporary presents his first solo exhibition in England for ten years.

 

This exhibition showcases a new collection of romantic figure paintings, odalisques and interior subjects, revealing his passion for fabrics and pattern, alongside a number of dynamic and colourful landscapes.

 

I Remember Well that Summer Place

oil on canvas

91.5 x 86.5cm     

 

 

Study for Morning Light I charcoal and body colour on paper

81 x 61cm

 

 

 

Study for Morning Light II

charcoal and gouache on paper

61 x 81cm

 

 

Study For Pilgrim’s Soul

chalk and charcoal on paper

76 x 56cm

 

 

Realms of Gold

oil on canvas

91.5 x 71cm

 

Memory in Blue

oil on canvas

81 x 86.5cm

 

 

Other Men’s Flowers

oil on canvas

91.5 x 71cm                       

 

 

Memories of Provence

oil on canvas

117 x 96.5cm

 

Freya: In Reflection

oil on canvas

117 x 96.5cm

 

 

An English Rose

oil on canvas

117 x 96.5cm

 

 

Winter Light, Still Life with Flowers & a Silver Teapot

oil on canvas

61x122cm

 

 

The End of the Day Sailing Boats at Marseillan

oil on canvas

39 x 58.5cm

 

 

The House on the Hill, Block Island, Massachusetts

oil on board

24 x 19cm

 

Block Island Beach with the Little Green House

oil on board

24 x 19cm

 

Winter Morning at Milton Mill

oil on canvas

76 x 127cm

 

 

Summer Light

oil on canvas

81 x 107cm

 

Talking of Michelangelo oil on canvas

122 x 137cm

 

 

Summer in Pienza

oil on canvas

96.5 x 117cm  

 

 

The Mill on the Yonne

oil on canvas

       61 x 76cm       

 

    

A Wiltshire Garden II

oil on canvas

40.5 x 56cm

 

 

Autumn Afternoon, Andalucia

oil on canvas

48 x 63.5cm

 

 

Snowstorm

oil on canvas

51 x 66cm

 

 

Bringing Home the Catch

oil on canvas

46 x 122cm

 

 

Hugo Grenville first exhibited in London at the Chelsea Arts Society at the age of 15, although it took him another 14 years to become a full time painter. After leaving school he travelled in India and returned to England to join the Coldstream Guards. He served as an officer in Northern Ireland, West Africa, Rhodesia and finally as an Aide-de-Camp to Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine, during which time he painted whenever possible, and studied part-time at Chelsea School of Art and Heatherley’s.

 

Painting full-time since the age of 30, Hugo Grenville has had 21 solo shows in London, New York and Palm Beach. Grenville has forged an enviable reputation as one of the country’s leading colourist painters, resulting in invitations to lecture and teach from institutions such as Falmouth School of Art and the V & A Museum. His fabric designs were included in the Liberty’s Spring/Summer Collection of 2011, and he was short listed for the Threadneedle Prize in 2013. In 2016, Hugo was invited to have a one man show at Studio 2000, Holland.

 

During his career he has painted many important portraits, including the late Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Runcie, and the counter-tenor Michael Chance in the role of Orpheus at the ENO; he was an Official War Artist in Bosnia in 1995, and has been commissioned by a number of institutions including the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, Edinburgh City Council and The China Club, Hong Kong.

 

As well as writing regularly for The Artist magazine, Hugo has built a reputation as an inspirational teacher, running short courses and masterclasses in Bristol, Suffolk, Dorset and Portugal.

 

Paintings by Hugo Grenville are included in corporate, institutional and private collections in UK, USA, Canada, France, Hong Kong and Australia, including: Edinburgh City Council; The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers; The Ministry of Defence; The China Club, Hong Kong; The Tresco Estate; Pembroke Management; The Duke of Devonshire; Searcy’s; Duke’s Hotel St James’s and The Earl of Verulam among others.

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