Simon Wilkinson

Born: Normanton, West Yorkshire
Education: University of Leeds

New media artist Simon Wilkinson expertly fuses his two passions in life: art and 3D animation. His provocative pieces analyse, dissect and reassemble the emotions and experiences that make us human.


The English literature graduate enjoyed a 20-year career in the television and film industry, working with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. After visiting our Harrogate gallery, Simon became determined to follow his dream of being an artist.

Inspired by everyday life, his characters’ generic body shape and lack of personalising features render them anonymous. Created using a digital software called LightWave 3D, they are formed into a 3D model and painted before being posed using a rigging system. Following this, they are placed in a virtual movie set with lighting and special effects, rendered at a high-resolution and printed onto aluminium.

Simon says: “I love this freedom. Just changing the light or camera angle can give the piece a completely different feeling or emotions. This is my little world.”

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