About the Artist


simon

There is, for me, security in the geometry of the built environment. My studio shelves are bursting with journals containing complex architectural drawings in fine-line pen. In these sketches I am constructing an imaginary city around myself, staying safe within the predictable, mathematical aspects of my mind and trying to solve a puzzle. This is where painting begins. My studio is laid out like a laboratory in which I investigate my subject matter with intensity. As time passes I become deeply involved in the work. Lines and marks become loose and experimental and the subject takes on unforeseen characteristics. With thin glazes at the end of the experiment I destroy and recreate what has gone before. I ponder on how these structures have influenced my life. I imagine the past times and the cultures that created them. Each structural feature represents a new question for me to experiment with and to solve. With each new journey the process begins again.