Steve Simpson is a painter, printmaker and illustrator/cartoonist, and has been making pictures for as long as he can remember. His work uses bold forms and colours to explore the borderlands between representation and abstraction, and reflects his personal history and experience, both dark and light.
Whilst drawing inspiration from landscape, natural and human-made forms, travel, music, literature and myth, his pictures seem to have a life of their own, taking him where they want to go. Steve regards picture-making as a form of spiritual practice, an attempt to express and give form to life’s shadow, mystery and what the beat poet Charles Bukowski calls ‘the original energy of joy’.
Steve’s paintings and prints have been shown in Arthouse Open Studio 2007, The Waterloo Open and the Riverside Open, and can be viewed by appointment at Kew Studio. Steve has been a freelance illustrator for over 30 years, and his work is used by a wide range of organisations in the public and charitable sectors.