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Patrick Simkins

Coventry University (BA 1st Class Hons Fine Art & Illustration, 2008 / 2008)

Interview

What is your favourite film of all time?

Anything worth a chuckle – Superbad, Napoleon Dynamite. Good action films such as The Departed. Apocalypto is underestimated and I secretly love The Terminal!
 

What music are you currently listening to and why?

The music I listen too when I'm working is important to me. Depending on my general mood I'll put something on that associates with it. This can range from moody blues to metal, or punk to pop!
 

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

Peter Doig has his life set up perfectly – really fantastic way of applying his paint to make such rich work – and he lives in the Caribbean – what a life.
 

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

Matisse and Derain. The artists that pushed the boundaries for their era and showed that painting will always be the primary material in art – emphasising paint’s qualities through expressive strokes and strong colour.
 

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

The Picasso museum in Barcelona. His room of various impressions of Velázquez's painting 'Las Menas' are incredible. Just a show of the direction art has taken and can go.

 

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

How do I decide what colour I will put where? I answer that sometimes I know and sometimes I don’t. Either way, it means that the painting becomes a journey. I don’t know where it will end, and that’s what I enjoy so much – the fact that it could end anywhere and become anything.
 

What / who inspired you to be an artist?

Simply, the enjoyment I always get from painting.

 

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

 

  I work from a studio in Wimbledon. My better-known work consists of views, sometimes obscure, over London. Displaying the vibrancy of our multicultural city while maintaining its traditional forms - these contrasts between old and new fascinate me and being near them is an important facet to the work so that I can revisit them if necessary.

 

On first impression, the might seem a mesh of colour but as the viewer continues to look and make sense of the painting, soon a noticeable landmark emerges and the colours and marks become a visually stimulating cityscape full of life and energy.

What do you like most about being an artist?

I’ve always liked a challenge. Many people wouldn’t go near it because of the potential ups and downs of such a career. But if everything came so easy, life would be boring – this might be why I like challenging others with the work that I make.
 

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

To have had a few solo shows already and have reached finals of national competitions is a source of pride for me. It's just a nice indication that my work is appreciated in the art world.

More recently it was to be named as an official Storyteller for the London Olympic Games. For my work to be chosen to tell the story of the Games makes me immensely proud, and the athletes that I have met and painted is an unbelievable feeling.

What are your plans for the coming year?

To continue establishing myself as an artist, to creat more and to push some bounderies for myself.
 

Latest artwork - View all by this artist

  • The Child
    Size(HxWxD):160x160x5cm
    £4,000.00
  • Interactive Installation: "Three...
    Size(HxWxD):182x122x5cm
    £4,500.00
  • Interactive Installation: "Three...
    Size(HxWxD):182x122x5cm
    £4,500.00
  • Untitled
    Size(HxWxD):14.5x12.5x3cm
    £450.00
  • It is
    Size(HxWxD):14.5x12.5x3cm
    £450.00
  • Another World
    Size(HxWxD):14.5x12.5x2cm
    £450.00
  • Elders
    Size(HxWxD):80x60x3cm
    £1,400.00
  • The Athlete
    Size(HxWxD):220x144x5cm
    £3,500.00
  • Nicola Adams
    Size(HxWxD):84x59x0cm
    £290.00
  • Louis Smith
    Size(HxWxD):84x59x0cm
    £290.00
  • David Rudisha
    Size(HxWxD):84x59x0cm
    £290.00
  • Chris Hoy
    Size(HxWxD):84x59x0cm
    £290.00
  • Dwayne Chambers
    Size(HxWxD):84x59x0cm
    £290.00
  • Brownlee Brothers
    Size(HxWxD):160x200x3cm
    £5,900.00
  • White and Blue
    Size(HxWxD):160x120x5cm
    £2,600.00
  • Take a Step Back
    Size(HxWxD):120x160x5cm
    £2,600.00
  • Room With A View
    Size(HxWxD):120x160x5cm
    £2,600.00
  • Thames Cross
    Size(HxWxD):120x120x5cm
    £1,800.00
  • Thames Turn
    Size(HxWxD):85x160x5cm
    £2,000.00
  • Home Truths
    Size(HxWxD):85x160x5cm
    £2,000.00
  • The Other Approach
    Size(HxWxD):75x100x5cm
    £950.00

Artist's statement

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My current practice studies the distorted values that we place on objects, experiences and eachother within the context of an increasingly online and consumerist world. I am particularly interested in how individuals relate to one another, and how we view and document the world around us.

THE HEADS depict conventional and universal representatives of modern society. They are a reflection of the pressure that society heaps on people. The large size of the pieces pays tribute to the subject, acting almost as a shrine. But, by pinning the pieces to the wall, I have accentuated the subject’s transience and impermanence: the representation feels easily disposable, ready to be pulled apart. It is a process that raises questions about our own morality and how we view celebrity. It touches on the theme of human fragility and the hypothesis that greatness is ultimately flawed. 

The current trial of athlete Oscar Pistorius, whom the artist met and painted in 2011, is an eery reminder of how someone can go from hero to zero in a matter of days, as well as the role that society plays in advancing both sides of the coin.

Breaking down and reconstructing is integral to the work, as was seen this summer when I exhibited an interactive installation during a six-week residency with Degree Art Gallery, London E2.

THE CITYSCAPES aim to represent a world that is close enough to be recognisable, yet removed from the real. It is important that they reach a point where the viewer’s perceptions and instinctive responses take over in order to make full sense of what the eye beholds. They are a reminder that perception will always alter, depending on the viewer.

 

Exhibitions

 

AWARDS AND SELECTED COMMISSIONS
 
2013    – Commission, St John’s School Performing Arts Centre, Leatherhead, Surrey
 
2011/2012 - BT Storyteller for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games
 
2010    - Finalist at the National Open Art Competition 2010
 
2009    - Finalist at the National Open Art Competition 2009
 
            - Commission, Hampstead's Marie Curie Hospice, London
 
2007    - Commission, Coventry Building Society
 
 
 
UPCOMING AND SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
 
2014    - Installation project, House Gallery, Camberwell, London
 
2013    - Repre Residency, DegreeArt Gallery, London
 
            - Group show, Repre Art Group, Silvex Studios, Shoreditch, London
 
2012    - Group show, 20:12 Olympics Show, DegreeArt Gallery, London
 
            + Solo show, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis 2012, Sportsworld Hospitality Suite
 
            - Group show, Repre Art Group, The Crypt Gallery, Trafalgar Sq
 
            - The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, with Red Gallery
 
            - Group show, Art Agency, Esher, Surrey
 
2011    - Group show, Summer Exhibition, Royal Automobile Club, Epsom, Surrey
 
            - The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, with Red Gallery
 
            - Group show, Royal Spring Show, Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, Surrey
 
2010    - National Open Art Exhibition, Chichester
 
            + Solo show, Four Communications, Leicester Sq, London
 
            + Solo show, 9 Langton Street Gallery, Chelsea, London
 
2009    + Solo show, Drella Gallery, Godalming, Surrey
 
            - National Open Art Exhibition, Chichester
 
            - Group show, "Align", Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath,
 
            - Group show, Islington Arts Summer Salon, London
 
            - Group show, "An Age of Miracles", Brick Lane gallery, London
 
2008    - Group show, New Blood 2008, Britannia House, London
 
- Group show, "63 Degrees", Coventry University
 
- Group show, "New Horizons", RBSA Birmingham

Recently sold artwork

  • My Job - Oscar Pistorius
    Size(HxWxD):160x120x5cm
  • Mo Farah
    Size(HxWxD):59x84x0cm
  • Reflection of Things to Come - Beth Rodford - Olympic Sculler
    Size(HxWxD):95x150x3cm
  • Girls' Night Out
    Size(HxWxD):160x85x5cm
  • What's Going to Happen?
    Size(HxWxD):120x120x5cm
  • River at Night
    Size(HxWxD):54x54x5cm
  • View from London Eye (4)
    Size(HxWxD):115x178x5cm
  • Threadneedle
    Size(HxWxD):120x180x5cm
  • Southwark Jigsaw
    Size(HxWxD):80x60x5cm
  • Hungerford Bridge
    Size(HxWxD):40x80x5cm
  • Fleet Street - SOLD
    Size(HxWxD):80x60x5cm
  • Bridging the Gap - SOLD
    Size(HxWxD):75x100x5cm
  • Cornhill Roofs - Currently Unavailable
    Size(HxWxD):60x80x5cm