Simon Lawley


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Tablecloth, Teapot and Jug

Green Cup

Garden Still Life

Still Life With Striped Cup

Mr Big Ears Still Life



Most of my paintings are of still life subjects. My work occupies the area between realism and abstraction with no real preference. Objects are drawn but colours flow into one another, forms become simplified but never fully abstracted. I often use subjects which have a family connection in my work. India has been a recurring theme following my maternal grandmother's visit there with the Women's Peace Movement in 1970, where she met Indira Gandhi.
I enjoy trying to push the boundaries of watercolour, whether applying paint so thickly it starts to look like oil or acrylic or experimenting with colour. The result, however, should still have an intensity, freshness and vibrancy that's associated with watercolour.


Originally becoming a watercolour artist thanks to the Enterprise Allowance Scheme in the early 1990s. In recent years, Simon has been exhibiting in many of the annual open exhibitions. These include: the Royal Watercolour Society; the Royal Society of British Artists; the Royal Ulster Academy; The Clydeside Open Art Show; the Royal West of England Academy, and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Prize exhibition. Simon exhibited in the Bowery Gallery Annual Juried Show in New York and was a finalist in the Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award in Brisbane, Australia in 2016. Simon also exhibited with the Vancouver based Federation of Canadian Artists in 2016 as well as gaining a 'Distinguished Artist' award from Toronto's ArtAscent Art and Literature Journal (June issue) In January 2017, Simon has two paintings in the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour Annual Winter Exhibition, RSA Building, the Mound, Edinburgh.


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