"Luscious landscapes, tender portraits and Richterian abstractions on glass... an artist in love with his craft and with a belief in the pleasures of aesthetics." Daniel Barnes FAD
A self-taught artist, Simon's studio is based in a 17th century Berkshire barn. A colourist at heart his practice focuses on visually expressing the natural landscape through impasto oil paintings and mono-prints on glass. His paintings have been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal College of Art and Saatchi Gallery.
Simon has exhibited previously at the Tower of London, Saatchi Gallery, Bankside Gallery, Cill Rialaig and as a finalist of the Davy Portrait Awards. He has held solo exhibitions at the London Canal Museum, Acapela Studio, Linen Hall Library, The Rose Playhouse, Pentagram Design and Beggars Banquet NYC.
the shimmering view
21 years ago... "SIMON SAYS: English artist Simon strung a row of painted compact discs across Broadway last weekend from the 10th floor of Beggars Banquet record company office in SoHo. No one was hurt, and authorities never noticed the shimmering view...." New York Post 1997
"Simon Tarrant uses oils on glass and Perspex, achieving a mysterious wet-in-wet effect, like the Aurora Borealis." Artists & Illustrators
"Powerful and uncompromising oil paintings... breathtaking." Irish News
"This latest collection of work has been inspired by Tarrant’s most recent travels across Ireland and succeeds in expertly encapsulating the charming character of the Irish landscape." Culture Northern Ireland
SKETCHES AND portraits
"His sketches and drawings adopt a more gentle and serene tone, highlighting the sheer range and diversity of the artist's work and his subjects." Irish News
Portrait commissions include veteran actor Moray Watson, Royal Opera House diva Lucy Crowe and Welsh politician Lord Dafydd Wigley.