PAINTINGS BY BERNAT KLEIN 1963–2013
SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2017 34 WIGMORE STREET LONDON W1
‘I visualised colours in their multitudes to remain an amorphous, cloudy hint of tints, of softness and endless possibilities…
I dreamt of cloth vibrant with colour. I wanted reds that were redder and blues that were bluer than anything I had seen before.’
— Bernat Klein Eye for Colour
Textile designer Bernat Klein started painting in the early 1960s and continued until the week he died in 2014, aged 91. This is the first time his private collection of canvases has been shown outside of his home.
Born in 1922 in Senta, Serbia, Klein was initially educated first at home and afterwards at the Bezalel School of Art, Jerusalem. Later in 1945, Klein travelled to Britain to study textile design at Leeds University. After university he set up a small company in the Scottish Borders to produce woven cloth and knitting yarns. Klein introduced Scottish fabric to the design world through his close links with fashion houses, such as Chanel and Dior.
In 1957, Bernat Klein commissioned architect Peter Womersley to design his home ‘High Sunderland’ and later, in 1972, the Bernat Klein Studio. Both modernist buildings have extensive views over the Scottish Borders with colours and textures that inspired many of Klein’s paintings.
The paintings will be available to purchase for the duration of the exhibition.