Simon Bacon | Sculptor |

Artist Statement/Bio

 

 

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” My work and the process is a reflection of our phenomenological experience “

Simon Bacon lives and works in Wivenhoe, Essex and he graduated with an MA in Sculptural Practice from Colchester School of Art in 2013. He trained in Sculpture at the London Atelier of Representational Art as a pupil of Valentina Zlatarova. His work is influenced by over twenty-five years as an Osteopath and four years postgraduate research in Transpersonal Psychology, all of which supports his expression of existential themes through the human form. His figurative work and process is shaped by a deep interest in the body, philosophy of mind and consciousness, typically reflecting an expression and enquiry of process, and references existential concepts and themes of identity, individual existence, freedom and choice, which are embodied through the narrative of the making itself. The sculptures undergo a number of stages from initial, often unmediated, modelling in clay to pieces that are ultimately cast in Bronze.  Representational work is gradually deconstructed, fragmented and altered through process and making until the finished pieces become unique transformed figurative forms. For Simon, it is important that each piece is unique, as our existence and lives are ambiguous, uncertain and unique. The surfaces and forms of the sculptures which in some cases appears fragile, eroded and fragmented represent the conflict between our inner subjective reality and an outer “other” reality,  the struggle with the uncertainty and ambiguity of life and the physical and psychological effects this has on us.  Simon tries to sculpt the phenomenological; the “ way and how it feels” experience of our becoming and the lived experience.  

For him existence includes more that is currently existing.

 

 

2017

Autumn Exhibition –Thompson’s Gallery, London

35th Annual Exhibition- Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh

Art 50 Exhibition- Sculpt Gallery, Grt. Braxted

Are You Interested in Bodies? – Sentinel gallery, Wivenhoe

2016

Christmas Exhibition –Thompson’s Gallery

20th Transpersonal Psychology Section Annual Conference: Highgate House, Northampton.

Second Transpersonal Research Colloquium: Highgate House, Northampton.

Perpetual Dawn- Lacey Contemporary Gallery. London

Summer Exhibition- Sculpt Gallery, Grt. Braxted

Open Exhibition- Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe

Spring Exhibition- Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh

Annual Exhibition- Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh

Harrogate – www.saintmichaelshospiceartexhibition.com

Annual Open Exhibition- Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe

2015

Christmas Exhibition Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh

A year in Review- Lacey Contemporary Gallery,

London AAF Battersea,London

Autumn Exhibition Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh

Open Studios- Sculpt Gallery Summer Exhibition– Sculpt Gallery.

Easthorpe.

Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe. 

‘ The Art of Casting’. Simon Bacon; Naomi Blake FRBS; Maurice Blik  PPRBS.  Sculpt Gallery

 

 2014

Firstsite Collectors’ group Award

Bacon Fenn & Moran : A Dedication to Form–  Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London.

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

‘Shaping The Future’ An exhibition showcasing sculpture by three talented emerging Essex artists: Simon Bacon and Lucy Lutyens. Sculpt Gallery  

Colchester and Tendering Open Studios.

S.A.S  Brushstroke Art Exhibition. St Peter’s Church, Sudbury.  

 

2013

Art and Living in association with Bang and Olufsen Colchester Art in Mind.  

The Brick Lane Gallery, London Colchester and Tendring Open Studios.

Masters at the Minories – Graduation Show Solo Show- Hay Gallery Colchester School of Art.        

 

Publications

2017: Picasso’S Brain- The basis of creative genius by Christine Temple (ISBN: 9781780334288)download

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRONOLOGY

1969: Born Colchester

1978: Colchester High School for Boys

1986-88: Colchester Royal Grammar School

1988-92: British College of Osteopathic Medicine

2007-11: MSc Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies, University of Northampton

2011 Best Student Commendation Award Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies- University of Northampton

2011-2013: Easter and Summer Schools London Atelier of Representational Art (Tutor Valentina Zlatarova)

2011: Portrait Sculpture LARA (Tutor: Valentina Zlatarova)

2011-2013: MA Sculptural Practice, Colchester School of Art

2011- 2013: Introduced to Laurence Edwards and makes regular visits to Butley Studios to learn about bronze casting. Uses the foundry for all casting to date.

2015- Formally appointed as understudy for a significant Maurice Blik commission