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Artist:

SIMON BACON

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British sculptor Simon Bacon (b.1969), lives and works from his studio in Essex.

 

Bacon studied at the London Atelier of Representational Art (2011), and completed postgraduate studies with Masters Degree in Sculptural Practice at Colchester School of Art (2013).  He also gained a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness studies and has been in private practice as an Osteopath for over 30 years. 

 

Concerned with an existentialist approach to form, Bacon explores the shapes of the human body as well as philosophical ideas of fragility, 'being in the world' and the relationship between the physical, psychological and spiritual elements that define us. Before using materials such as steel, Bacon worked predominantly with clay to bronze, where he began exploring the process of sculpting as a meditative and expressive act in itself. As his work has developed, he abstracted these ideas, further distilling concepts of Body, Mind and the Spiritual in the form of Shape, Space, Tension and Flow. These elements materialise as abstract forms, providing the viewer with flowing shapes and surfaces, defined by their containment and juxtaposition with interconnecting spirals and lines of tension, extending beyond a seminal form. Ultimately, he is looking to reconcile and find harmony between paradoxes. As Bacon has said himself:  "I am striving for unity in my sculptures, and harmony with elements that embrace both structure and flow". 

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Simon Bacon was awarded the Firstsite Collectors Award in 2014. In 2013 Bang and Olufsen mounted a solo exhibition of his work, Art and Living, presented at Bang and Olufsen’s Colchester gallery. Bacon has also been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the U.K., including: Visual Variations: Figurative to Abstract, NoonPowell Gallery, Notting Hill, London (2020); Christmas Exhibition, NoonPowell Gallery, Notting Hill, London (2020);  Out of this World, Thompson's Gallery, London (2019); London Art Fair (2019); Summer Exhibition, The Minories Gallery, Colchester (2018); London Art Fair (2018); 35th Annual Exhibition, Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh (2017); Art 50 Exhibition, Sculpt Gallery (2017); Are you interested in bodies?, Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe (2017); The Art of Casting, Sculpt Gallery (2015); A Year in Review, Lacey Contemporary Gallery (2015); Autumn Exhibition Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh (2015); Open Studios, Sculpt Gallery (2015); Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe (2015); Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London (2014); Bacon Fenn & Moran: A Dedication to Form, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London (2014); Shaping The Future: Simon Bacon & Lucy Lutyens, Sculpt Gallery (2014); and The Brick Lane Gallery, London (2013).

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Simon Bacon's work was written about and featured in eminent Professor of Neuropsychology, Christine Temple's book, 'Picasso's Brain, The Basis of Creative Genius', published in 2016. As well as being an avid collector of his work, she had a deep fascination for his sculptures. The book explores the creative process and the creative brain - (excerpt below):

From 'Picasso's Brain by Christine Templ

Feature on Simon Bacon - Luxury Lifestyle Magazine (2019) - click to read

Simon Bacon article in 'Luxury Lifestyle
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