Simon studied fine art at the Exeter College of Art, graduating in 1982. In 2002 he was elected a member of the Royal West of England Academy. Over his thirty-six year career so far, Simon has been in demand for solo exhibition’s in many prestigious gallery’s; Beaux Arts, Bath; Thompson’s Gallery, Marylebone; Brian Sinfield, Cotswolds, Sladers Yard, Bridport and this year Catto Gallery in Hampstead. His work has featured regularly in the Discerning Eye, Royal West of England Academy, and the Hunting Art Prize. He has gained a national and international reputation and his works are in many private collections in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Australia and Japan.
Simon’s paintings are visual conundrums, they are immediately eye-catching, rich in metaphor and meaning, they are immediately eye-catching, their subject matter intriguing and entertaining. On closer inspection one begins to explore the textured surface, line, colour and shapes. An observer of the human condition, it’s fun to travel through a painting taking time to meet the odd characters, to consider their journeys and the challenges the artist lays before them. There are mysteries within, unanswered questions, philosophical and inspirational ideas. In the exhibition Simon explores themes of edges and borders, extraordinary meeting places and treacherous journeys, but also there is a strong sense of joy, the ordinary, the beauty in nature and small special moments.
We are delighted to welcome Simon Garden for his first exhibition with Stafford Gallery in association with Wimbledon Fine Art. We hope you will join us for champagne and a journey into a parallel world.