Simon Hopkinson

Simon Hopkinson

Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

About Simon Hopkinson

A lot of my work comes from an interest in British urban scenery. I tend to avoid recognised attractions, seeking out the views which more reflect my mood or, increasingly, what seems like the darkness of the age. Using my photos as a guide, I aim to paint something a bit freer than photorealism while keeping the feel of the places photographed. I am more concerned with atmosphere, colour and socially relevant content than with concept or form. Aesthetically speaking, my main message would be that beauty is wider than conventionally accepted — arguably universal — and not confined to elegant shapes or particular types of subject. I look to combine what for me is the visual appeal of my preferred locations with a sense of contemporary malaise.

As well as continuing with my usual stuff, lately I’ve been working on a new fantasy series, trying to make something strange and dystopian from images shot in my garden, which I’ve allowed to look increasingly post-societal.

Education

Growing up in Yorkshire I began using a camera aged 12, discovering Northern cityscapes in my teens. After moving to Bristol in the mid 1980s, I explored some of the city's less cherished spots, using the photos for my first acrylic paintings in 1994. I am self taught.

Events

2018
The Other Art Fair Bristol
26th to 29th of July

Exhibitions

2018
The Other Art Fair Bristol
26th to 29th of July

2017
Solo exhibition at Exeter Co-Lab as part of Art Week Exeter

2016
Solo exhibition at The Poole Lighthouse main gallery

2015
Solo exhibition at Exeter Picturehouse

2014
Solo exhibitions at the Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth and Southville Centre Bristol

Work shown at RE Bucheli Fine Art Bristol and Exeter St. Davids community centre

2013
Solo exhibitions at Exeter Phoenix
and Grant Bradley Gallery Bristol, the latter featured in Venue magazine and Metro newspaper

2012
Bristol solo exhibitions at St George's, Cafe Grounded and Zion Arts Centre

Part of 'Hope & Poverty' at Paintworks Bristol

2011
Bristol solo exhibitions at RWA Fedden Gallery, Bocabar, Tobacco Factory and Folk House cafe

Part of joint show at Grant Bradley Gallery Bristol