David Simon Contemporary
Works held by David Simon Contemporary, Castle Cary, Somerset.
David Simon Contemporary, 37 High Street, Castle Cary, Somerset, BA7 7AW Directions to the Gallery
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Lucia is a latin word meaning 'light'. Against tumultuous skies the brilliant lead white and cadmium yellow summer flowers illuminate. Bright and piercingly vibrant, they become all the eye sees. A blazing sea of flowers emerging.
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty, --that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know." - Keats
77 w x 64 h cm (Framed size 108 w x 95.5 h cm)
Oil, raw pigment and encaustic wax on board in large antique frame.
The precious citrus fruit showed status in ancient Rome. They were extremely rare and very, very prized. The Romans only knew citrons and lemons, it took centuries for their cousins to migrate from Southeast Asia and Western Europe. Lemons were luxury items, the first remains found in ancient Rome date to the time of Jesus Christ. Sfumato refers to tones and colours shading gradually into one an other, producing soft or hazy forms.
26 w x 23 h cm (Framed 39 w x 35.5 h cm) Oil and gesso on board in antique Italian bronze Papier Mache Bolognese Frame.
My pewter bowl of lemons is drenched in Spring sunshine. The light is reminiscent of the light that falls on the Cornish Coast and of the Mediterranean. The tones reflect blue of the sea and sand, the light is pure and clean. The blue spectrum light in this painting almost overwhelms the subject with luminosity, but also enhances the shape and complete form of the bowl and the fruit. There is something magical about this type of light, which draws people back to places. Our emotions are warm on a sunny day.
65 w x 47.5 h cm (Unframed size)
Oil and gesso on board in antique frame.
This monolithic scale painting is my final painting in the "Hortulus Animae: Little Garden of the Soul" series.
It is full of dramatic skies, Summer blooms blazing and fading. There are the Sunflowers, the waves of the plants and flora within the banks of my garden. It is a time to contemplate, reconnect with nature and discover the beauty of the small things: hear the birds sing, watch the sunlight chase the dappled shadows, and see the garden grow and seasons change.
Janus was the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology. The God of change. He was depicted as having two faces looking opposite ways, one towards the past and the other to the future. He was present in the beginning of the world, guarding the gates of Heaven, and presided over the creation of religion, life and even the gods.
200.5 w x 130.5 h cm (Framed 226 w x 155 h cm)
Raw pigment, Oil paint, gesso and encaustic wax on board in antique frame.
A monastic white washed walled space. Light and shade. Spanish earthenware ceramics and dutch delft plates propped. A paired back painting, for simplicity, contemplation - for reverie. The time to be lost in one's thoughts or a daydream.
47 w x 67 h cm (Framed size 54.5 w x 74.5 h cm)
Oil and encaustic wax on board in antique frame.
The House of Octavius Quartio in Pompeii was home to some of the city's finest frescos and renowned for its extensive lush green garden. My little green jug, filled with freshly cut flowers from my garden contains -perhaps- some of the same specimens to be found in that glorious garden. I imagine the lush waterways of the long colonnaded garden and the sound of their fountains and carp pond surrounded by ornamental foliage, fruit trees, wild flowers and scented herbs. A dream and of a celebration of life.
45.5 w x 55.5 h cm (Framed size 67 w x 77.5 h cm)
Oil, encaustic wax on board in antique frame.
Liber - meaning 'book' and also meaning 'free'. The painting contains a carved wooden hand of a gilded saint grasping his book. The Medieval jug from a Mediterranean shipwreck. It is filled with Summer flowers from the garden, Nasturtiums from my terrace.
In the Medieval garden cultivation of food was key. The luminous nasturtium flowers were one of the most popular flowers grown. The book "Hortulus Animae: Little Garden of the Soul" was an illustrated prayer book paying special attention to the enclosed monastic garden and herb garden and its importance to enrich and enlighten the soul.
55.5 w x 67 h cm (Framed size 71 w x 82 h cm)
Oil, raw pigment and gesso on board in antique frame.