Simon Kirk Artist Biography
Simon Kirk is an Essex based artist (Coventry University 1999, BA Hons Fine Art). Since beginning his career in 2007, Simon Kirk’s works have proven to be a great investment and they are increasingly sought after by art collectors, notably in America, Dubai and Continental Europe.
Simon Kirk’s works are a synergy of poetry and painting, text and image, abstraction and figuration, combining influences from both the literary and art world alike. Influenced by haiku, humanist concerns and the philosophical ideas of ‘the Absurd’, Simon Kirk’s mixed media pieces have become increasingly sought after by art collectors since the beginning of his career in 2007.
He has exhibited and sold work at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2010, 2013 and 2015, as well as also exhibting all over the globe at Affordable Art Fairs with Turner Art Perspective. In 2016 & 2017, Simon was featured in the annual advertising takeover of Regent’s Park tube station.
Simon has been interviewed by the BBC, featured in Vogue and House & Garden magazines and had one of his paintings used for the front cover of Inside Art Magazine.
The work is primarily layers of painting combined with collaged elements. The de-collage technique - cutting, tearing or sanding away parts of the built-up surface image to reveal layers below.
Much of the work is on a small-scale format because it offers the freedom to explore a range of painting possibilities very quickly. Simon combines this work with larger pieces based on the same material.”
“Perhaps to describe best how I see it would be to say that I play the role of set designer. I create the environment and provide the players. Elements of text where present act as set direction. The viewer becomes the director, who uses all the information before them to create the play. That the resulting story could be different for everyone is something that fascinates me.” Simon Kirk