George Underwood was born in 1947 and studied at Bekenham Art School. He worked on numerous books and album covers, including the artwork for David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust. David Bowie a friend and collector has said that, ‘George has refined his work to the point where I would put him among the top figurative painters coming out of the UK right now’.
There is something rather dark and mysterious about his figures, a nod to the medieval Gothic. George takes this odd array of stern looking characters and plays with symmetry and repetition.
At times, we enter a dream-like surreal world, where the faces appear on curved paper cut outs, a strange wall of geometric shapes and forms. These expressionless faces, muted colours and refined costumes are all part of Underwood’s psyche. This weird and wonderful world appeals to numerous collectors from around the world.