Simon’s work draws on influences from popular art and children’s illustration. Using humour he tries to illustrate human dreams, fears and frailties, often through the representation of animals but also through machines, cars and ships. Increasingly Simon is taking his own urban landscape, the city of Bristol, as a starting point, and through an imaginative process overlaying his own invented narratives.
Most of his pictures are created as screen prints. Like other traditional (non-digital) print techniques, screen-printing encourages a particular way of working. The process suggests a technique in which bold flat areas of colour and shape work naturally with the drawn line. In screen printing each colour is added separately in transparent layers, created by making separate drawings onto film. The layers are then transferred onto the screen, and hand printed one colour at a time.
Simon has been making screen prints for over twenty years, having originally trained as a painter. He moved to Bristol in 2002 from London where he worked for a number of years as a scenic painter and muralist. Simon’s work has been selected for several prestigious exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The National Open Art Competition and The Royal West of England Annual Open. Recent commissions include a limited edition print for The V & A shop, and a raspberry themed design for Shaun in the City, a charitable event in which large painted sculptures of Aardman’s animated sheep character were made and displayed in Bristol and London.