George Underwood

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’.


Raven Hair
Oil on Canvas
20 x 16 Inches
£3500

Quite A Catch
Oil on Canvas
22 x 24 Inches
£4100

Still Standing
Oil on Linen
12 x 16 Inches

Bonyocerus
Oil on Linen
12 x 16 Inches

The Magic Stick
Oil on Panel
11 x 14 Inches

Ruff Curve
Oil on Linen
18 x 18 Inches

Face Trio
Oil on Linen
20 x 24 Inches

Guardian Right
Oil on Canvas
12 x 9 Inches

Guardian Left
Oil on Canvas
12 x 9 Inches

Nearly There
Oil on Panel
12 x 12 Inches

Canine On My Mind
Oil on Canvas
24 x 20 Inches

Brunette
Oil on Canvas
24 x 24 Inches

Ascend
Oil on Canvas
18 x 22 Inches

See You There
Oil on Canvas
11 x 9.5 Inches

Setting the Pace
Oil on Panel
12 x 12 Inches

Material Girl
Oil on Linen
18 x 18 Inches

Django
Oil on Linen
12 x 16 Inches

Close
Oil on Canvas
22 x 24 Inches

Dare To Be Great
Oil on Board
32 x 36 Inches

Feline Woman
Oil on Canvas
18 x 22 Inches

Flights Delayed
Oil on Canvas
24 x 20 Inches

Head Of The Parade
Oil on Canvas
24 x 24 Inches

Permanent Wave
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24 Inches

In a Strange Land
Oil on Canvas
28 x 38 Inches

Head On
Oil on Canvas
32 x 36 Inches

Regalia
Oil on Canvas
24 x 20 Inches

Shimmer
Oil on Canvas
22 x 22 Inches

Something Is Up
Oil on Canvas
28 x 36 Inches

Where Are We Going?
Oil on Canvas
16 x 16 Inches