Hair Coat - An Exhibition of Prints by Simon Tozer8. Jan - 9. Feb 14 / ended The Jam Factory
10am - 11pm
The Jam Factory presents a series of prints by Bristol-based artist Simon Tozer. Drawing inspiration from popular art and children’s illustration, Simon’s work explores with gentle humour, the scruples and idiosyncrasies of human nature and behaviour acted out by characterful animals. The stories these animals tell follow a dream-like logic; a folkloric narrative played out by anthropomorphized individuals.
“In depicting animals I try to think a little bit as an animal might, or as a human might, if they were a bit less human… And that process has always been a way not only of connecting with the natural world, but also with our own fears and desires.”
Most of Simon’s pictures are realised as screen-prints which like other pre-digital techniques, encourages images that are graphic and simple in form. Each picture is created in layers as a series of separate drawings on film. The layers are then transferred onto the screen using a chemical process which is then hand printed as a stencil one colour at a time.
Having initially studied painting and developing an interest in print after leaving college, Simon completed an MA in Printmaking at Chelsea College of Art after which he worked for several years in London as a scenic painter and muralist, before moving to Bristol in 2002.
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