Simon Davis VPRP
The disciplines of my comic-strip work, with the need for narrative and careful composition, perhaps complements my oil painting and makes me approach a portrait in a more dynamic and economical way. I am particularly interested in the ‘square brush technique’ as used by The Newlyn School of Painters and Henry La Thangue.
I paint in oils on board using mainly square brushes, and prefer to paint smaller, intimate portraits.I work entirely from photographs that I take of the sitter and loosely follow rough compositional thumbnails that I draw out earlier.
The commission process is a simple one and depending on size, a portrait will usually take one or two months.
1968 Born in Stratford upon Avon.
1979-84 Alcester Grammar School, Warwickshire.
1984-86 Obtained a Diploma in Technical illustration, Mid-Warwickshire College, Leamington Spa.
1986-88 Obtained a Diploma in Graphic Design, Swindon College of Art.
1988-90 Worked as Graphic Designer/Illustrator.
1990-92 Freelance book and magazine illustration.
1993- Illustrate comic-strips for various publishers.
2004 Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
2005 Elected a full Member of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
2006 Elected a Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
2007 Elected the Honorary Secretary of Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
2008 Elected a Council Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
Tanner Prize, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, 2004 and 2006.
Coley-Tiller Prize, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, 2006.
Second Prize, BP Portait Award, 2008.
2008 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London.
2007 Royal West of England Academy Autumn Show.
2006/07/08 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
Stone Island, by Ian Edginton and Simon Davis, Rebellion Books.