George Underwood

George Underwood was born in 1947. George joined Beckenham Art School in 1963.
At art school George Underwood became more and more interested in music. As a result he pursued a career in the music world. Along with life long friend David Bowie he made one record (The King Bees ) and also a solo record under the name Calvin James.
George returned to art studies and then worked in design studios as an illustrator for two years. Initially he specialised in fantasy, horror and science fiction book covers.
Many of George Underwood colleagues in the music business asked him to do paintings for them. This led to George becoming a freelance artist. Art work for the first T Rex album and later David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust album covers established him as a leading and creative art illustrator.
Over this period George produced literally hundreds of book covers, LP and CD covers, advertisements, portraits and drawings.At the start of the 1970’s George Underwood started painting in oils. His paintings were influenced originally by the Viennese School of Fantastic Realism – Ernst Fuchs, Rudolph Hausner and Eric Brauer who were contemporary visionaries, in the same way that Bruegel and Bosch in their time. He was fascinated by their mix of fantasy and realism.
George Underwood paintings are held in many private art collections. One of his art collectors, David Bowie, says: ‘George has, over the years, refined his work to the point where I would put him among the top figurative painters coming out of the UK right now. There’s a sublime isolation surrounding his subjects that really touches the viewer, the figures being both heroic and vulnerable simultaneously. There’s a timeless element in the choice of subject matter that overlaps with the mythical world of Odd Nerdrum, say. Now that a huge shift to painting is taking place, I would expect to see George’s name pushed further and further to the front’.

George Underwood – Three Remarkables

Three Remarkables

Oil on Board

10 x 8 inches

sold

George Underwood – In the Wings

In the Wings

Oil on Canvas

9.5 x 13.5 inches

sold

George Underwood – Stripey Returns

Stripey Returns

Oil on Canvas

9.5 x 13.5 inches

sold

George Underwood – Le Chat

George Underwood

Le Chat

Oil on Linen

14 x 15.5 inches

sold

George Underwood – Mind the Curves

George Underwood

Mind the Curves

Oil on Linen

19.75 x 23.75 inches

sold

George Underwood – With a Kitten

George Underwood

With a Kitten

Oil on Linen

23.5 x 43 inches

sold

George Underwood – Stripey 2

George Underwood

Stripey 2

Oil on board

14 x 10 inches

sold

George Underwood – Scout

George Underwood

Scout

Oil on board

10 x 10.5 inches

sold

George Underwood – Longshanks

George Underwood

Longshanks

Oil on Linen

18 x 18 inches

sold

George Underwood – Stripey

George Underwood

Stripey

Oil on board

14 x 10.75 inches

sold

George Underwood – Return of the Angel

George Underwood

Return of the Angel

Oil on Linen

19.5 x 31.5 inches

sold

George Underwood – Sisters

George Underwood

Sisters

Oil on Linen

24 x 31 inches

sold

George Underwood – Together

George Underwood

Together

Oil on Linen

16 x 28 inches

sold

George Underwood – Three Angels

George Underwood

Three Angels

Oil on canvas

40 x 45 inches

sold

George Underwood – Calm Rider

George Underwood

Calm Rider

Oil on canvas

8 x 8 inches

sold

George Underwood – Still Rider

George Underwood

Still Rider

Oil on canvas

8 x 8 inches

sold

George Underwood – The Empress

George Underwood

The Empress

Oil on canvas

10 x 10 inches

sold

George Underwood – Street Performers

George Underwood

Street Performers

Oil on Linen

27 x 35 inches

sold

George Underwood – Slow Rider

George Underwood

Slow Rider

Oil on Board

10 x 10 inches

sold

George Underwood – Silva

George Underwood

Silva

Oil on Linen

16 x 12 inches

sold

George Underwood – Return Again

George Underwood

Return Again

Oil on Board

8 x 8 inches

sold

George Underwood – Sara

George Underwood

Sara

Oil on Board

10 x 8 inches

sold

George Underwood – The Successor

George Underwood

The Successor

Oil on Board

18 x 14.75 inches

sold

George Underwood – Lady with Diamond Tunic

George Underwood

Lady with Diamond Tunic

Oil on Panel

16 x 20 inches

sold

George Underwood – Grey Rider

George Underwood

Grey Rider

Oil on Linen

33 x 33 inches

sold

George Underwood – Golden

George Underwood

Golden

Oil on Linen

12 x 16 inches

sold

George Underwood – Bernard

George Underwood

Bernard

Oil on Panel

16 x 20 inches

sold

George Underwood – One Good Turn

George Underwood

One Good Turn

Oil on board

8 x 10 inches

sold

George Underwood – Lionheart

George Underwood

Lionheart

Oil on Linen

12 x 16 inches

sold

George Underwood – Perfidia 2

George Underwood

Perfidia 2

Oil on board

10 x 8 inches

sold