I am an artist and photographer based in Cornwall. Born in Manchester, I moved to the south westerly village of Porthleven at the age of 2 where I lived for 25 years. Growing up by the sea has had a huge influence on my life and artwork which I am so very grateful for.
About the Artist
Practically brought up with a paintbrush in my hand I can’t imagine a world where I don’t enjoy applying paint to surface. Excelling in art throughout my school years led me into other creative fields, design and photography, immersing myself in the latter whist studying Marine and Natural History Photography at Falmouth University here in Cornwall. Developing photographs in the dark room is one of my favourite things in the whole world.
My preferred style of photography is an amalgamation of documentary, photojournalism and travel. I find street scenes the most interesting – scenes that tell a story, capturing an essence of the place and people who live there. I also enjoy creating fine art images through photography – capturing natural elements; colours, shapes and patterns. These images also inspire my paintings and help me to visualise atmosphere, time and emotion whilst I paint.
I have an expressionistic approach to my art which is loose but intended. I enjoy the imperfections in my work, discovering and exaggerating them where possible making the journey itself the most important part of the process. I use a carefully selected colour palette to create an individual sense of atmosphere and emotion within each piece.
After living in St. Agnes and having a studio at Krowji, Redruth for a number of years I now live in Truro where I work from my home studio. I much prefer living amongst the creative chaos!
Please visit my website for more information about my work (inc. prices and dimensions of paintings), plus my photography work can be viewed here too. Keep up to date with what I’m creating and where I’m exploring by following me on Instagram or liking my Facebook page.
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I was born in Japan but instantly felt that Cornwall is my spiritual home. The landscape, the sky, the weather and the people all combine to make Cornwall a place I want to be. Back home in Japan I work with natural stone and grind it down into powered to use as a paint material. I see the amazing granite of Cornwall as a perfect material to use in my art.
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Influenced by magic realism among numerous other things, I began to teach myself to paint before attending college in London. I create a kind of holistic patchwork of stories often through docufiction; the aim being to eventually develop a unique interpretation of life and the world.
My painting is an expression of my love of the land here in West Penwith, a connection with the beauty and power of the landscape. The paintings are in oil paint on board or canvas, and are realistic & representational landscapes of West Cornwall, but not in an entirely photographic way; they are hyper-real, or more than real.
My work is compiled, I build layer after layer, sometimes taking areas back to where I started, reworking or allowing the beginnings to be exposed. Layers are often thin and my tools are basic. Some papers and canvas may go through the press, some are hand pressed, all are painted and repainted.
Simon paints in an ‘Impressionistic’ painting technique in oils on canvas. Influences include several Impressionists and Post Impressionists, and subsequent artists such as Sargent and Brangwyn.
I studied graphic design for 4 years in the 1970’s and gained Associate Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists & Designers and of the Society of Typographical Designers. I went on to work in London for companies including IPC Magazines and Royle Print Ltd.