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Raymond Klee, Oil, “Stormy Sunset”



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Original Oil on Panel

“Stormy Sunset”

Signed KLEE (Raymond Klee 1924-2013)

C 1970s

Raymond Klee was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1924. As a child he worked at the local butchers to help support the family after his mother died giving birth to his brother. He served at sea, throughout WW2 in the Merchant Navy as gunner crew, and stayed in the Merchant Navy right up until the late forties. Following his service career, he studied drawing at Birmingham Art College, having discovered painting classes were full. He was encouraged to try watercolours, then graduated to oils, and lived in the Montmartre artists’ quarter in Paris, and also in southern France. At the time – the late 1950s and 1960s – he was the only British painter to be elected a member of the Syndicate of Montmartre art group, whose members have included Picasso and Braque. He later moved and lived in Brighton. Raymond painted standing up using mainly palette knife and painting on plywood (like this painting). He was the UK’s official artist for the ‘British Weeks’ organised abroad by the Department of Trade and Industry. He visited US states such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York – and in 1974 American TV viewers saw him paint a huge landscape from start to finish, during a two-and-a-half hour show on CBS. The DTI also sent him to Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, and the West Indies. His work Dream Harbour was voted in the top ten in a 1973 popularity poll organised by The Fine Art Trade Guild. Works of his have appeared at many auctions including Bonhams. He died in his adopted home of Bantry, Ireland in January 2013.

This amazing colourful and mostly abstract oil is presented in its original framing