David Simon Contemporary
Representative Gallery - David Simon Contemporary, Castle Cary, Somerset.
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The giant over-painted and waxed medieval monastery offering bowl. It sings of centuries of sanctity, sharing, of care, contemplation and faith. There is a feeling of constant but nothing is taken for granted. What is consistent is the light. The echo of dappled sunlight moves across the surfaces of the bowl - optimistic and pure. The simple unobtrusive bowl is full of humility and yet it is also most sacred and full of grace.
76.5 w x 66 h cm (Framed size 96 w x 86 h cm)
Encaustic wax, raw pigment and oil paint in antique frame from The Palace of Versailles.
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.
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.
Sanguinello or 'blood oranges' are one of the only varieties grown specifically in volcanic soil, with coastal breezes. They have the highest vitamin C content in the world due to the fertile soils of Mount Etna!
Orange is vital, full of energy, of warmth and happiness. This orange is more red, orange-red like the walls of the frescoes in Pompeii - a colour transformed from yellow to red in an alchemic reaction.
40.5 w x 33 h (Framed size 50.5 w x 42.5 h cm)
Oil and gesso on board in antique frame.
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.
'Hydria' was the Greek name given to a type of water-carrying vessel. It also held oil and the votes of judges. Of course water is essential to life, as the egg symbolises new beginnings, or in fact the beginning of life.
65 w x 48 h cm (80.5 x 62 cm Framed)
Oil and venetian red gesso ground on board in antique frame.
The European grapevine has been used as a symbol since ancient times. In Greek mythology, Dionysus or the Roman 'Bacchus' was the god of the vintage, therefore bunches of the fruit were among his attributes. Throughout history wine has been drunk as a libation to the god, as a symbol of Jesus Christ.
The grapes and pomegranate placed on a Georgian pewter plate upon a medieval trivet become part of a vanitas celebrating beauty and life.
80 w x 57 h cm (Framed size 104.5 w x 82 h cm)
Oil, raw pigment and gesso on board in antique frame from The Palace of Versailles.
Cera meaning 'wax' in latin.
The wax surfaced medieval Spanish huge scale offering bowl tells a tale. It has been overpainted, stapled and re-waxed and glazed throughout its lifetime. Rumour has it that whenever there was an illness within the monastery, because the bowl was so revered and such an essential part of every day (being the main bowl on the communal table), it was thrown into the nearby river until washed clean by the currents - each time rescued and mended and brought back into the monastic space.
Cera is full of changing light, of history and energy.
76 w x 66 h cm (Framed size 96 w x 85 h cm)
Oil, raw pigment and encaustic wax on board in antique frame from The Palace of Versailles.
Terra Rossa is the native colour of the Earth of Italy. The red base to the painting mirrors the red earth where the native grape grew. Lying on a medieval pewter bowl with a ceramic Roman bowl holding pomegranates in the background, these grapes are an offering.
51 w x 41.5 h cm (Framed size 65.5 w x 55.5 h cm)
Oil, raw pigment and gesso on board in antique 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.
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 Hortus was the name given to the central garden within a Roman home. A place to enjoy the notion of 'Otium'! A latin abstract term with a number of meanings, including: time at home, resting, contemplation and academic endeavours. It can have intellectual and virtuous implications. Activities that were considered in the Roman world, to be artistically valuable...and above all enlightening!
44 w x 35.5 h cm (58 x 49 cm Framed) Oil and encaustic wax on board in antique frame.
My friends have found leafy lemons for me this Summer. They call out in their celebration of warmer climes. They are, heat, sun, happiness and joy! In my simple medieval pewter bowl in this contemplative space they feel emblematic.
61.5 w x 41.5 h cm (Framed size 75 w x 63 h cm)
Raw pigment, oil paint and encaustic wax on board in antique frame.
In Roman culture the Viridarium was an internal garden sitting room within the Roman Villa, the walls were decorated with frescoes depicting plants and birds. This work is painted directly from my garden -it's mid-summer and the flowers are alive and abundant. My own little piece of paradise. I admire the Romans for their gardens - places of peace and tranquility, a refuge from urban life. Places that are filled with religious and symbolic meaning. And gardens that are inspired and influenced by civilisations across the World. There is such time for contemplation and inspiration here.
130 w x 90 h cm
Oil and pastel on Arches Oil paint paper