Simon Claridge

Born: Edinburgh
Lives and works: Reading
Education: University of Reading
“The human form is such a fantastic thing to paint. The eye never tires of seeing what it is programmed to respond to on such a guttural level.”

Simon may count Hollywood A-listers like Claudia Schiffer and Rod Stewart among his collectors, but behind his dazzling artworks lies the hard work and determination that propelled him to success.


Whilst working at an art gallery, Simon spent his nights painting feverishly – consumed by the dream of one day having his own work hanging on the walls. One morning, he mischievously replaced the window display with his own pieces. By lunchtime, he’d sold all of them and never had to work in a gallery again. He's since gone on to collaborate with prestigious brands like Playboy and 20th Century Fox.

Blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, his signature diamond dust paintings capture cultural icons from the worlds of fashion, film and music. The luminous effect is both beautiful and alluring, heightening the viewer’s sensory experience and transforming the artwork in different lights.

Simon says: “The human form is such a fantastic thing to paint. The eye never tires of seeing what it is programmed to respond to on such a guttural level.”

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In this glittering 2016 collection, Simon Claridge paid homage to some of Playboy’s best-known cover images, including the iconic bunny.

Magazines and brochures

Simon Claridge | Playboy 2018

Contemporary artist Simon Claridge returns for 2018 with a selection of original silkscreen prints inspired by the legendary Playboy magazine. Four of the publication's most iconic covers are brought into the 21st century.

Simon Claridge | Terry O’Neill: Diamond Dust

The complete new collection, Terry O’Neill: Diamond Dust by Simon Claridge in collaboration with Terry O’Neill.

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