A new Blue Plaque in Putney commemorating the studio where Carel Weight CH CBE RA worked 1984 to 1997
Posted on May 23, 2018
The Putney Society has arranged for a Blue Plaque to be placed on a house in Keswick Road to mark the studio in Keswick Road where Carel Weight CH CBE RA worked from 1984 until 1997.
The plaque describes Carel as Painter, War Artist and Teacher and was unveiled on May 22nd 2018 by Mick Rooney RA, whom he taught.
Carel was born in Paddington in 1908. His parents both worked and so he was placed with a foster mother, Rose Matkin, in Fulham, then a poor working class district. He stayed there during the week and his weekends with his more prosperous middle class parents; acutely aware of the contract between deprivation and affluence.
He studied at Hammersmith School of Art from 1928 to 1930. At Hammersmith he met Ruskin Spear who became a lifelong friend. Carel then went on to Goldsmiths College from 1931 to 1933 and during the 1930's supported himself by teaching at Beckenham School of Art. His first solo exhibition was in 1933 at the Cooling Gallery.
During WWII Carel Weight served in the Royal Engineers and the Army Education Corps. As an Offical War Artist he worked in Austria, Greece and Italy. In Greece and Italy he depicted the immediate aftermath of the war and the role of the British Army in working to restore civil society after the conflict.
In 1947 he started teaching at the Royal College of Art and in 1957 became Professor of Painting, retiring in 1973. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1965 and Senior RA in 1984 and was given a one man exhibition at the Academy in 1982.
In 1984 he set up his studio in Keswick Road, Putney commuting from his home in Clapham on the 37 bus. Many of his paintings show suburban settings in which unexpected events occurred - some humorous and some frightening. He was prolific and typically painted 50 pictures as year.
He was awarded the CBE in 1962 and appointed a Companion of Honour in 1995.
Works by Carel Weight are owned by the Tate, the V&A and the Imperial War Museum.
Carel Weight Blue Plaque