Simon is a Sydney based artist whose background is in architecture and graphic design. He’s been constantly painting and exhibiting concurrently with graphic design work, and is best known for producing colourful and atmospheric semi-abstract landscapes.
Drawing inspiration from abstract expressionists and colourists, he’s interested in ‘edges’; between degrees of abstraction and representation; the edges where colours meet and create harmony, vibrancy or contrast; and the physical edge of the paint – the manner in which each brushstroke blends into its background or is sharply defined. His abstract and semi-abstract landscapes aim to be representational and evocative of scenes and remembered locations without being too literal or realistic.
Simon mainly works in acrylic on board – a combination that suits the reworking of the painted surface by cutting back layers or quickly adding washes and overlays. It also allows the paint surface to be left flat and subtly diffuse, or overlaid with varnish to enhance colour vibrancy and make the work take on the appearance of an oil painting.