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Simon Watson lives and works in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He paints commissions of a wide variety of subjects for many types of clients. He went to Art College at Brighton polytechnic and later worked in sculpture casting studio in East London where he learnt the techniques of bronze casting. Simon first focused on sculpture and explored the relationship between man and machine culminating in the ‘machine age series’, which have been exhibited and sold worldwide. During this period he also worked as a commercial model maker. He continues to produce work in a variety of media and styles. Simon is also a musician and is in the process of recording his first album with his band ‘The Gents.’ Since his success as a finalist in the Daily Mail ‘Not the Turner Prize’ Simon has increasingly focused on portraiture as a vehicle for expression.
 
Birth date   03 05 71
 
Education   1989 - 92 Brighton Polytechnic-School of Art and Design
 
Awards   2004 - Finalist - Daily Mail Not the Turner Prize
 
Selected Commissions   2004 - Nick Spurier  
2005 - Gav and Sue Hallam  
Gerard Dalby
 
Group Exhibitions   1998 - Wirksworth Art Festival, Derbyshire  
1999 - Artspace 99 - Barn Galleries, Henly on Thames  
Henley Music and Arts Festival  
Cusp Gallery, Stamford House  
2000 - Visions of the Future, Millais Gallery, Southampton Institute  
Art at the Interface of Science and Technology, New Greenham Arts, Newbury  
Circles Gallery, Southsea  
Staffordshire Open, Shirehall Gallery, Stafford  
The Millenium Art Collection - Sculpture selected to feature in the international art  
project '1001 Reasons to love the Earth  
2001 - Floriade, Feel the Art of Nature, Amsterdam  
2004 - The Face andthe Figure, Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham  
Not the Turner Prize, Mall Galleries. London  
2005 - Art for Nature, Museum Leeuwenbergh, Utrecht, Netherlands  
The Dial, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire  
2006 - Shrewsbury Open ' Unnatural Selection' Finalist
 
Solo Exhibitions   2005 - Gallery DNA , Burton on trent, Staffordshire
 
Artist's Statement   My paintings portray a candid approach to portraiture aiming to capture the true personality of the sitter.
 
 

Statement      I start by visiting the client and share ideas about the portrait, possible solutions, how the sitter sees them self and would like to be perceived. At this stage some quick sketches, colour studies and photographs will be made. I work mainly from photographs up until the final stages when another sitting will be required for final details.  
Timescales for sitting will vary from sitter to sitter depending on individual requirements, but usually no more then 3 sittings will be required each lasting no more than two hours.

 

Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From £ 600    $null
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 1000    $null
Half LengthFrom £ 2500 $null
3/4 LengthFrom £ 3000 $null
Full LengthFrom £ 4000 $null
Double PortraitFrom £ 3000 $null
 
 
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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