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Three elements influence my art now: commercial art studied in South Africa, Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art, History of Art at the OU, and Art therapy at Goldsmiths University.

South Africa continues to have an influence on my art and my passion. I work as a full time artist, and I teach art from time to time. Amongst many artists, Van Gogh, Rauschenburg, Bomberg, Nash and Picasso have had an influence on my vision. To paraphrase Picasso, “I don’t seek; I find”.

 

“There is a dualism in Sydney Klugman's art. As a painter of figures and landscapes his subjects oscillate between the pictorial and the elusive; the surface of the canvas holds what is sought after and what is found. This visual flexibility extends until the dialogue between what is complete and what is finished is reached.

 His role as a professional art therapist is to some extent woven into aspects of his own work in terms of looking beyond the surfaces, cognisant of meaning, discovery, rediscovery and not least, surprise.” 

Clive Duncan FRBS RBA SPS

 

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