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Stephen Simpson

Born: Stockton-on-Tees
Lives and works: Middlesborough
Education: Leeds Metropolitan University
Exhibitions: Efflorescence (2018)
“The nature of my work is so organic, it sometimes takes a life of its own.”

Intrigued by nature and organic forms, Stephen’s expert use of heavy texture and high-gloss finish blurs the boundary between 2D art and 3D sculpture.

Inspiration

The contemporary artist’s floral pieces pay homage to the origins of Abstract Expressionism, presenting an almost ethereal depiction of light, colour and energy. Every seemingly careless brushstroke plays its part in the tapestry of work.

He introduces incredible luminosity to his work by setting fire to his canvases with a blow torch (don’t try this at home!). First, Stephen layers modelling paste and oil paint onto a canvas using a palette knife, brush or old rags. Then a high-gloss resin coat is applied, before the painting is blasted with a blow torch. This in turn ensures that the resin sets rapidly and the finish is crystal-clear.

Stephen says: “Each of my pieces has a light source. I try to leave the paintings as organic as I can – almost as if they are growing out of themselves.”

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Inside the world of Stephen Simpson

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Upcoming events

Stephen Simpson | Artist Appearance

We are delighted to invite you to meet Stephen Simpson as he presents his vibrant Effloresence collection.

Inspired by all of nature's elements, Stephen's mixed media pieces are created by applying multiple layers to the canvas; producing a tactile surface that dazzles in the light.

From the blog

In the studio with Stephen Simpson

Blurring the line between 2D and 3D, the floral artist’s colourful paintings are brightening up homes around the world. We caught up with him at his studio for an exclusive Q&A session.

Floral art

Our blooming marvellous collection features limited edition and original artworks from some of our most popular artists, with mediums ranging from giclées to wall sculptures. Here's the best of the bunch.

Magazines and brochures

Fine Art Collector | Autumn 2019

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

Fine Art Collector | Autumn 2018

This issue is brimming with insights and news from the art world, as well as all of your favourite artists.

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