About the Artist
During the following 6 years he exhibited drawings and watercolours in London, became an elected member of Soc. Graphic Artists and the British Watercolour Society, studied Chinese Calligraphy and Oriental Art at the Courtauld Institute and studied for his architectural degree with his godfather, Sir Herbert Baker ARA FRIBA.
In 1936 he travelled all over China, the Gobbi Desert Mongolia, and left Shanghai August 1937 at the start of the Sino/Japanese war. In the years that followed he Exhibited at the Fine Art Society Gallery, London, and the Gallery above Selfridges, this being his 3rd one-man exhibition.
1948 he moved to Cornwall to paint. He taught, lectured and exhibited all over Cornwall and was later made life member of St Ives Society of Artists. He used a variety of mediums, watercolour landscapes being his forte, but he used brush and palette knife for his oil paintings, pen and ink for his finely detailed drawings and copperplate for his etchings, he also painted with egg tempera. Many of his works were inspired by his travels to China and Europe as well as Cornwall and were sold at his gallery and studio in the 1960’s and 70’s.
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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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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.