Simon Hart | Artist

Artist Statement

   
 

In 1991 I achieved a BA(Hons) in Surface Pattern Design at Staffordshire University before completing an MA in Printed Textiles at the Royal College of Art in 1993. After graduating I designed for furnishing textiles and greeting card companies and was a visiting lecturer at several art and design degree courses around the country. At the same time I began exhibiting my work in galleries and at Art fairs and was quickly spotted by the 'Art Group', a major contemporary art publishing company who created prints of my work which have sold worldwide and featured in major stores such as Habitat and Ikea. My images have also been used for childrens books, magazine covers, wallpaper, rugs and stage sets.

In 1999 I moved to Dartmouth in Devon where my wife Theresa and I opened an Art gallery exhibiting not just my paintings, but the work of over 40 other contemporary artists, ceramicists and sculptors. We produced our own range of cards, prints and limited editions and held numerous exhibitions promoting art in Devon. In August 2006 we decided to sell the gallery business to enable us to dedicate our time solely to painting and design once again. We are both now lucky enough to work from studios at home, to see designs by Theresa Hart go to creativehart.co.uk.


The subject matter of my work has mainly focused on my love of fishing villages and harbours in Cornwall. I'm so drawn towards the brightly painted fishing boats and houses which provide such a wonderful contrast against the natural tones of the surrounding landscape. The work of the St Ives school of artists in particular has been a major influence in my compositions and mark making.


I'm fascinated by the wonderful variety of architectural styles and the varying landscapes you encounter around the world and have travelled to destinations such as Marrakech, Venice, Barcelona and the Provence to gather a wealth of ingredients and source material that continues to inspire many collections.

Most people still associate me with the unique collage style that gives my work such a strong identity and helped launch my career as an artist. But I'm someone who is eager to explore new techniques and directions, and after several courses exploring Printmaking in 2001 I felt it was time for a change. I began Monoprinting, focusing on simplicity of line rather than shape and colour. My work became looser, more spontaneous, I let accidents happen and became more direct with marks I put down on the paper. I couldn't work without colour for long though and in 2002 began to experiment with painting on board. I discovered the wonderful versatility of Acrylics with their opaque and translucent qualities. I was able to layer paint easily and scratch into it while it was wet exposing many different colours in one area. Working on board I then found I could sand the surface after to soften tones and shapes.

In early 2007 I moved into a new much larger studio. Without the commitments of running the gallery it has been easier to concentrate on developing new imagery and I have found myself revisiting my textiles background and looking at bold shapes and pattern within my compositions. I have started to paint on canvas too and am enjoying working on a much larger scale than ever before.

 

 
   
 

Biography

 
   
 

1969 Born Dunstable, Bedfordshire
1987 Art Foundation, Barnet College
1988-91 BA(Hons) Design, Staffordshire University
1991-93 MA Printed Textiles, Royal College of Art
1994-99 Visiting Lecturer - Somerset College of Art
1994-2008 Exhibiting in galleries throughout the U.K. and designing for textiles and giftware
1999-2006 Established and managed Hartworks Contemporary Art Gallery in Dartmouth, Devon

 
   
 

Selected Solo exhibitions

 
   
 

1995 Henley Festival - Henley-on-Thames
1999 Artifex Gallery - Sutton Coldfield
1999 Enid Lawson Gallery - London
2001/06 Hartworks Contemporary - Dartmouth
2009 Artifex Gallery - Sutton Coldfield

 
   
 

Selected Mixed exhibitions

 
   
 

1994 Vicarage Gallery - Newcastle
1995 CCA Galleries - London
1996 Lena Boyle Fine Art - London
1996 CCA Galleries - Bath
1997 Ashbourne Gallery - Derbyshire
1998 Pembroke Gallery - Windsor
1998 Blue Lias gallery - Lyme Regis
1999 Juliet Gould Gallery - Mevagissey
2000 Beside the Wave - Falmouth
2001 CCA Galleries - Farnham
2000-07 Mid Cornwall Galleries
2001-07 Ocean Contemporary - Falmouth
2002-07 Mae Gallery - Affordable Art Fair - London
2002-06 Rostra Gallery - Bath
2003-06 Cambridge Contemporary Art
2003-05 Goldfish Bowl - St Ives
2000-06 Hartworks Contemporary - Dartmouth
2001-07 Ocean Contemporary - Falmouth
2003-07 Mae Gallery - Affordable Art Fair - Bristol
2006-07 Lantic Gallery, Tiverton
2006/07 Baxters gallery - Dartmouth
2007 Cry of the gulls gallery - Fowey
2009 Gallery le Fort Fine Art - Bath
2009 The Brownston Gallery, Modbury
2009 Delamore Arts - Devon
2009 Portland, The Gallery - Richmond, London

 

For current exhibiting galleries click here.

 
   
 

Published work

 
   
 

1995-2007 Art Group Ltd - Poster Prints and cards
1996-99 Ikea and Habitat - Prints and cards
1995 Gallery Five - Cards
1996 Camden Graphics - Cards
2000-06 Hartworks publishing - Cards and posters
2000-07 Art Group Ltd licensing - Giftware, furnishings and products
2004-07 Price Stern Sloan - Illustrated Childrens books range
2005-08 Glebe Cottage Studios - Cards

 
   
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