Exhibition at Hastings Arts Forum
Tuesday 26 June to Sunday 8 July, 2018
I'll be exhibiting some new paintings at my local gallery (Hastings Arts Forum) in June/July 2018. The gallery will be hosting an open evening on Friday 29th June from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Please get in touch to let me know if you can make it on that evening or would like to come along at another time during the two week period. All the best, Simon
50% of sales during this exhibition will be donated to a Band of Brothers - an organisation that works with young men involved in the criminal justice system, providing them with the support they need to make the transition to an adulthood free of crime, and full of connection, purpose and meaning.
The Gallery at Hastings Arts Forum is open six days a week - Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm.
House & Garden Magazine
one of my paintings is featured in the July issue of House & Garden magazine which came out on 31st May 2018.
Le Deli Corner, Tulse Hill, Brixton - Gallery Wall Project - November 2017
My friend Claire Dorey is the curator of the 'Gallery Wall Project' at Le Deli Corner (owned by Stephane Carlinet), each month a new artist exhibits their work on the walls of this cosy little cafe in Tulse Hill. I have been invited by Claire to exhibit some of my paintings throughout November. If you are in the area please drop by to have a look and sample the delicious food and drinks - including breakfast, lunches and french pastries. According to one reviewer: "an exceptional chef, friendly staff and the best coffee in town :)"
There will be six of my canvas paintings on display, at greatly reduced prices, we are also offering all of my limited edition prints at a discounted price, throughout November. Click here to see the prices and which paintings are available
Le Deli Corner, Tulse Hill
Wed 7am to 4.30pm
Thu 7am to 4.30pm
Fri 7am to 4.30pm
Sat 8am to 4.30pm
Sun 8am to 4pm
Picture Poems - September / October 2017
click on an image to enlarge - more poetry here
JANUARY 2017 - 'SWIMMING IN SUNSHINE'
Simon's latest painting, completed on 30th January 2017, was auctioned on 11th February to raise money for The Bequia United Swim Club with the help of Action Bequia
'Swimming in Sunshine' - acrylic with gesso and varnish, on 4x4ft canvas (donated by Lucy)
A sea dreamscape showing the silhouette of a man's head imposed over a tropical sea - on the right hand side a flow of deep sea with rough images of dark figures and shapes in motion flowing into his dream and on the left hand side calm sunset sea illuminated by dream colour lights. Overhead a big stylised sun with fiery tentacles flowing out through sky blue and puffy clouds.
I tried to capture the brilliant colours of the Caribbean and Rastafarian red white and green. The dots are from my aboriginal dreamtime painting tradition with the link to this dream of sunshine - child-like big sun and blue sky happiness. It's a joyful naive painting of the islands flow of water, sea, sky and light. Thus the title, Swimming in Sunshine
DECEMBER 2016 - St Leonards, Neanderthal Removal Men, and a Distraught Cat
I will start at the beginning as Paula and I have just moved to the south coast - St Leonards-on-Sea. Despite moving on the coldest day of the year, having a distraught cat, Neanderthal removal men, a boiler that doesn't work and boxes in every room (but not the right ones) we are very happy to be by the sea.
Every evening has seen a dramatic sunset, the light is incredible and I understand why the locals say 'big sky'. Tendrils of inspiration tugging at my busy feet - it's going to be big down here and once I find my paints I will set at it with colour and mucho gusto.
2016 has been a real transition year, with 6 months off from corporate craziness during a truly beautiful spring and English summer. Plenty of time to create my show at the fabulous Framers Gallery in Fitzrovia, travel slow TV style in Morocco and the West Highlands, and to generally catch up with the rest of my life, friends, family and reconnect with heart and spirit through some meditation and Bikram yoga.
Lastly - 'For One Day Only' - a show with my truly wonderful friend Cecil Rice and three other artists at the amazing Hove & Brighton Progressive Synagogue space. A great if tiring day (in the middle of moving house) meeting some great locals and selling some art.
So although we are quickly arriving at the end of the year I really feel that I am at the beginning of a whole new adventure. 2017 is going to be 'big sky' indeed.
Wishing all of you peace, warmth and joy in these bad craziness times, as my esteemed doctor Hunter S Thompson would say.
See you on the other side,
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
High Quality Textured German Etching Prints - all signed and numbered by Simon
Currently on sale at bargain prices!
We have created some A5 greeting cards using photographs of three of Simon's paintings (Ascención, Feelin' Hot and Childhood) as the front cover.
There is a photo of Simon and his cat on the back of the card, and you get a free envelope with each card ;)
Place an order and we'll get some cards to you - click here for more details
'For One Day Only'
an inspiring exhibition of paintings and prints by five professional artists
Sunday 27th November 2016, in Hove, Sussex
with Cecil Rice and guests, including: Claire O'Hea, Annelies Clarke & Ilana Richardson.
Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, Lansdowne Rd, Hove, Sussex BN3 1FF
FRAMERS GALLERY EXHIBITION JULY 2016
Thank you to everyone who made it to my exhibition at The Framers Gallery! We had an excellent turnout for the private view and I have received some great support and feedback. There are a few photos from the private view below, click here to see more on my facebook page.
Several of my paintings have sold but we still have some available, click here to see my portfolio.
Thanks again! Simon