GLADWELL, Guy

1946 - 2014

Guy Gladwell

Guy Norman Gladwell, was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1946. About 1955, the family settled in Jersey, C.I., where he began painting under the tuition of Sir Claude Francis Barry (1883-1970), a post-impressionist based on the island, and went on to study art at Bournemouth Art College and later studied anatomy at Sir John Cass School of Art. Rapidly establishing himself as an excellent seascape artist, the ambitious young painter moved to London in 1969, where he joined the Nicholas Treadwell Gallery and in the 1970s, Gladwell formed a relationship with Arnot Gallery in New York who represented his seascape paintings. In 1980 Gladwell and Treadwell parted company when Gladwell enjoyed a prolific period, earning commissions to paint portraits of Michael Caine and Paul Simon, demanding a private performance of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' from the songwriter in return. Guy exhibited extensively across Europe and America, with numerous appearances at the Royal Academy, establishing himself alongside contemporaries such as David Hockney (born 1937) and Ronald Kitaj (1932-2007). Away from London, to Nedging Tye, Suffolk then at Aldeburgh in 1991, and his career faded from its heyday of the 70s and 80s. However he persevered, taking inspiration from the county’s picturesque coastline and its eccentric characters to blend in with the local artistic fraternity, which earned him a solo exhibition at Snape Maltings, Suffolk. He married at Camden, London in October 1984, Melanie Hall and secondly at Deben, Suffolk in September 1993, Amanda Goldstone and they lived at 43 Judith Avenue, Knodishall, Saxmundham before moving to Hall Farm Lane, Aldeburgh, both in Suffolk. He died on 17 April 2014, aged 67. Author of 'Guy Gladwell Paintings 1976-1981' (1981).




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