Originally from Edinburgh, Simon studied BA Hons Fine Art Painting at Loughborough College of Art and Design (1984–87), and MA Painting at Nottingham Art College (1989–90). He currently works from the historic former studio of Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson at the prestigious Porthmeor Studios in St Ives.
Williams is a remarkably inventive artist and his approach to exploring painting, processes and materials echoes the time he has spent as a Designer in the film industry. His work is preoccupied with metamorphic, abstracted marks and their inherent chance alignments; exploring new ways to use paint to refine a visual and conceptual vocabulary. The resulting images are intended to challenge the visual perception of the viewer, where sharp edges meet overlaying screened folds of paint, applied in thin layers to create vivid spatial surfaces. He chooses to make and modify his own pallete knives and other painting tools, to push paint whilst seeking to contest the conventions and recognizable signature of the paint brush. The working process is a balance between responding to the mark making and stumbling upon unpredicted visual reference through the creation and manipulation of form.
Recent Solo Exhibitions:
Ultra Space, That Art Gallery, Bristol, 2018;
Viscosity, Vitreous Contemporary Art, Truro, 2007;
Dynamism, Vitreous Contemporary Art, Truro, 2005.
Recent Group Shows:
John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2016;
After Illusion, Penwith Gallery, St Ives, 2016;
Autogenous, PZ Gallery, Penzance, 2016;
Autogenous 2, The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, 2016;
The Salon 2 Project, 103 Art Gallery, Newquay, 2016;
Gallery 49, Falmouth, 2015; Falmouth Art Gallery, 2015;
Penwith Society Summer Exhibition, St Ives, 2015;
The Salon Project, 103 Art Gallery, Newquay, Cornwall, 2015;
Candid Arts Spring Salon, Islington, London, 2015;
Limbo, Cornwall Art Biennial, The Old Coffin Store, Truro, 2013;
Recent Paintings, Old Bakery Studios, Truro, 2013;
Simon Williams and Vincent Rymer, Rainyday Gallery, Penzance, 2006;
Bonhams Cornish Contemporary Art, Trewithin, Cornwall, 2005.
Newlyn Art School,Cornwall, 2018;
Plymouth College of Art and Design, Plymouth 2016;
Plymouth College of Art and Design, Plymouth 2007;
Royal College Of Art, London 1998;
Central School of Speech and Drama London 1993–96.
John Moores Painting Prize catalogue, 2016;
Manor Magazine, 2017;
Cornwall Today, 2017;
My Cornwall, 2017.