What inspires John Simpson
Tricky question this. I really think it comes down to a very simple fact that I like to produce stuff. Whether it is two dimensional or 3D, it doesn’t much matter to me. So long as the work has honesty, creativity and some originality in its execution, I’m happy to turn the door handle of my studio and get on producing arty stuff as best I can. Although I can’t deny when people buy my work it does give me a buzz, recognition that what I’m doing is worth something more than the materials used.
As you will see, the work I do is varied - not all one medium. This helps me produce fresh and novel ideas. However, my first steps as an artist were the still life’s and flowers which taught me how to paint in oil, something I had never done at art school. Once I understood the process of oil painting I then decided to be more experimental in my approach to image making. This has meant I have used all sorts of materials from cardboard and papier-mâché to polyfilla, dust and ash.
Subject matters such as flowers, birds and chairs have a common denominator; I try and produce stuff that grabs the viewer and approaches a theme in a different way by using non artistic materials that can be easily bought from any DIY store, making it less arty and I think more interesting. This has meant that people have been surprised and curious at the same time about the effects that can be achieved and they have responded in a really positive way in their feedback. That's always nice.
If you would like buy any work available on the site, please get in touch via my contact details. New works will be added on a regular basis. Or if you would like to know more about the pieces I will be more than happy to discuss how they have been produced and the ideas behind individual works, some of which might surprise you.
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