Carel Weight

CAREL WEIGHT R.A. (1908-1997)

Carel Weight studied at Hammersmith and then Goldsmith College in London. He was an official war artist during the Second World War.

He taught at the Royal College of Art from 1947 to 1957 and then was appointed Professor of Painting, a post he held until his retirement in 1973. He was an important influence on a whole generation of younger artists, including David Hockney, Peter Blake, R.B. Kitaj and Allen Jones.

Weight was elected Royal Academician in 1965 and became a Trustee in 1975.
Weight’s first one man show was held as early as 1933. His work has been widely exhibited since then. There was a retrospective at the Royal Academy in 1982. His work has been purchased by prominent galleries worldwide and is held by the Tate, Imperial War Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum (all London); the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford); the National Gallery of Wales, the Vatican Museum; and the National Galleries in Adelaide, Melbourne and Wellington.

Weight’s work depicts everyday urban or semi urban scenes. In these settings, people are engaged in activity that implies alienation, danger or menace. They often appear to be running away from an unseen threat.

Occasionally the threat is explicitly depicted, as in his print “Allegro Strepitoso” where an escaped lion is on the loose or “The Day of Doom” where there is a house fire.