'A preoccupation with metamorphic abstracted marks and their inherent chance alignments is a constant theme in my work. A childhood fascination with cartoon annuals plays out in my choice of colours and stark outlines. This cartoon fuelled aesthetic combined with a love for urban graffiti helps shape the decision process responding intuitively to form and space. I work on numerous pieces at once to give room for an adventurous and unpredictable approach in an attempt to make something that is eloquent. Often in the work there is a nucleus of activity, an unrest that gives shape to a space neither land locked or sky bound. It's a dialogue with paint to ultimately refine my visual and conceptual language.
'I pursue the idea that a painting can reflect back some of the time we inhabit, a time where we have access to a plethora of imagery via smart phones and tablets. So, qualities of space and layering of colours are important in the work to attempt to reflect back to the viewer this new visual language.
'Part of this process is to make and modify my own pallete knives and other painting tools, to push paint creating vivid spatial surfaces that mimic graphic imagery but also contest the conventions and recognizable signature of the paintbrush. This helps to challenge the perception of the viewer to engage their everyday associations and knowledge of image language and ways of seeing and interpreting the visual stimuli.'
Simon Williams trained originally in Fine Art painting at Loughborough College of Art and Nottingham University.
A highly inventive artist Williams has maintained a parallel working life as an artist and designer in the film industry. He has worked with companies from Spitting Image to Jim Henson's Creature Shop and has created Animatronic creatures and effects on many high profile films, from Harry Potter to Star Wars.
Williams has exhibited widely, in 2016 curated an exhibition 'After Illusion' which brought together six prominent Abstract painters of the south west. In the same year he was included in the prestigious John Moores painting prize held at the 'Walker Art Gallery' Liverpool. His most recent solo show 'Ultra Space' was exhibited in Bristol 2018 and in the same year in London called 'New Vocabulary' at the Serena Morton Gallery.
Williams relocated from London in 2004 to live and work in Cornwall and for the last few years has worked from the historic Porthmeor studios in St Ives. These studios have been used by many famous artists such as Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson, Francis Bacon, Terry Frost, Roger Hilton and Wilhelmina Barns Graham.