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Simon Black was born in Manchester in 1958, and attended Wolverhampton Polytechnic where he gained a BA Hons. in Fine Art and Printmaking in 1981. Over the following 27 years Simon developed a unique style and voice as a painter.
In 1985 he attended a course at Rochdale College of Art on Continuing Study & Practice of the Arts where he developed his skills in etching whilst continuing to produce watercolours, many of which were detailed depictions of the world around him.
In 1986 he began to work much more in oils and continued to do so until his untimely death in 2008.
During his lifetime Simon exhibited regularly both in solo and group exhibitions
including at The Mall Galleries, London; The Millinery Works, London; Art London
2003; Cornelius Gallery for Contemporary Art, Ross-
In 2001 Simon won the First Prize in the Art Royal Free Project, Royal Free Hospital and was commissioned to produce . These works can now be seen hanging in the Atrium of the hospital, and the winning painting is also on display.
Other commissions were completed over his lifetime for the FSA and for private individuals. His work can be found in corporate, public and private collections in Britain and abroad, including:
The Financial Services Authority
The Royal Free Hospital
Ben Uri Art Gallery
Harbour Vest Partners
Rooster Film and Television Production Ltd
The Rowland Company
Ascott Mayfair Ltd.
Simon's last body of work was on the theme of and are typical of his keen observations of human life, his humour and his eye for detail that makes up a whole image that resonates, reflecting the world around us.
Simon exhibited widely in London and the UK, and curated a number of exhibitions.