Approved: 01.06.2011

Francesca Simon

Artist, Curator, Writer

Approved: 01.06.2011

Artist Statement

I make paintings. An instinct for geometry and pattern-making, combined with a fascination for three-dimensional effects worked onto the flat plane of the canvas, typify my practice. The harmony of my compositions is governed by an inner symmetry; my use of colour is restrained.

My way into abstraction was through the topography and field shapes of North Yorkshire and, although my work is no longer situated in landscape, surface and what lies beneath continues to hold my interest. In my work the layers of gesso which obliterate the original painting are subsequently rubbed back to reveal what is below; the past is teased back to the present, a painted palimpsest. 

I have recently been making a series of ‘secular’ hinged triptychs, a contemporary take on an essentially Christian devotional object. The repetitive pattern-making typical of Islamic art is of equal importance to me though and my triptychs owe as much to visits to the Alhambra, and the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, as anything else. 

CV & Education

2009 – 2010    Central Saint Martins     MA Fine Art
2002 – 2005    City & Guilds of London Art School     BA Fine Art
1998 – 2000    Heatherley School of Fine Art     Diploma in Portraiture
1972 – 1975    University of Cambridge, Newnham College     BA

2015         Navigations, Ryedale Folk Museum
2014         Site Lines, Beardsmore Gallery, London
2012         Taking Shape, Beardsmore Gallery, London

2017        London Art Fair, Islington, Beardsmore Gallery   
2016        Turps Gallery Summer Mix, London
2016        The Tim Sayer Bequest: A Private Collection Revealed, The Hepworth Wakefield
2016         London Art Fair, Islington, Beardsmore Gallery
2015         London Art Fair, Islington, Beardsmore Gallery
2014         Making Matters, Platform-A Gallery, Middlesbrough
2014         20/21 British Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London, Beardsmore Gallery
2014         London Art Fair, Islington, Beardsmore Gallery
2013         First Come First Served, Lion and Lamb, Hoxton
2013         Art Britannia - The Best of New British, Madonna Building, Miami
2013         Summer Saloon Show, Lion and Lamb, Hoxton
2013         Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
2013         London Print Fair, Royal Academy, London, City & Guilds
2013         London Art Fair, Islington, Beardsmore Gallery
2012         First Come First Served, Lion and Lamb, Hoxton
2012         Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2012         20/21 British Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London, Beardsmore Gallery
2012         Postcardwall, Mall Galleries, London
2012         Ha Ha What Does This Represent?, Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London
2012         London Art Fair, Islington, London, Beardsmore Gallery
2011         Small is Beautiful XXVIIII, Flowers Gallery, London
2010         MA Fine Art Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, London
2010         nothing to be done, Empire, Bethnal Green, London
2010         Scratching the Surface 2, BayArt, Cardiff
2010         Necessary Illusions, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
2009         London Group Open, Menier Gallery, Southwark, London
2009         Ghosts, The Cello Factory, Waterloo, London
2007         Scratching the Surface, The Drawing Schools, Eton College
2006         Circus, Empire, Bethnal Green, London
2006         Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

2010   Cass Art Painting Prize
2004   Skinners Company Travel Award
Paintings in the Government Art Collection, the Sayer Collection, the Cass Art collection, City & Guilds Institute collection, at Newnham College and in private collections

Annie O'Donnell, Saturation Point, 2015, Francesca Simon: Navigations
David Rhodes, artcritical, 2015, Weaving a Thread: Fall shows in London and Beyond
Andy Parkinson, Saturation Point, 2015, Francesca Simon: Site Lines
Andy Parkinson, patternsthatconnect, 2014, Francesca Simon at Making Matters and Site Lines
Paul Carey-Kent, Paul's Art World Rolling Top 10, Current Choices 18 Nov 2014
Niko Munz, Site Lines, 2014
Andy Parkinson, Saturation Point, 2014, Making Matters at Platform A Gallery
Andy Parkinson, Artlyst, 2014, Constructed RealitiesMaking Matters at Platform A
Andy Parkinson, patternsthatconnect, 2013, Summer Saloon
Georgia Grimond, 2012, Kentishtowner A Dose of Art too 
Anna Moszynska, Taking Shape, 2012
Sophie Hill, Postcard 199
Sophie Hill, Postcard 216
Matthew Collings, Hello Painting, Scratching the Surface, 2007