1908 - 1997

Carel Weight was born in London in 1908 and became a painter of portraits, figures and townscapes, often with religious or literary subjects. His friend Ruskin Spear had his first show with Carel at Picture Hire in Brook Street in 1934 and they later shared a show at the opening of the Leicester Galleries in Cork Street. Another great friend was Kokoschka who Carel used to visit during the Blitz in London. Munch and Spencer were among many that influenced his work.

Carel Weight’s public commissions have included murals for the Festival of Britain in 1951 and “Christ & The People”, for Manchester Cathedral in 1963. 

1926 -29 Studied at Hammersmith School of Art (where he met Ruskin Spear)

1929 - 32 Goldsmith’ College under Gardiner, Mansbridge and Bateman

1931 Exhibited at the Royal Academy

1933 First Solo Exhibition at the Cooling Gallery

1934 Elected RBA

1945 - 46 Official War Artist

1947 - 57 Worked as a tutor

1950 Elected LG

1954 Elected RWA

1955 Elected ARA

1957 - 73 Professor of Painting at RCA

1962 Awarded a CBE

1965 Elected RA

1973 Made Professor Emeritus

1975 - 84 Trustee of RA

1982 Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh University

1982 Retrospective Exhibition at Royal Academy

1983 Made Senior Fellow


1933 Cooling Gallery, London

1934 -39 Picture Hire Ltd., London

1947 Leicester Galleries

1951, 59,61 Zwemmer Gallery

1960 Agnews

1965 Bournemouth (with Ruskin Spear)

1966 Nottingham University Art Gallery

1967 Bear lane Gallery, Oxford

1970 Reading Museum and Art Gallery

1972 Fieldborne Galleries

1973 Royal College of Art

1974,76,81 New Grafton Gallery

1975 Arts Centre, Folkstone