Euan Uglow was an important British painter, best known for his figurative work and distinctive scientific technique.
Uglow was fascinated by objectivity and mathematical proportions. He also used tools like compasses and scaffolding to ensure that his proportions were exact. There are measurement marks visible on many of his paintings, revealing their evolution from concept to final work.
His influences included the modern realist painters of the Euston Road School. He also drew inspiration from Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, such as Matisse and Cézanne.
Uglow was notorious for working extremely slowly. His models would pose nude in his studio for hours and often had to return repeatedly over several years just to allow him to complete a single painting.
Following his death in 2000, Uglow’s unfinished painting of a young Cherie Blair, called Striding Nude, Blue Dress, became a media sensation. Other important works include Nude, 12 Regular Vertical Positions From The Eye and Zagi.