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Fleur Simon (b.1995) graduated her Fine Art BA from City and Guilds of London Art School in 2018 with first class honours, after her foundation diploma at Central Saint Martins UAL and scholarship semester to Paris College of Art.

Fleur won the Wildcard Prize on Sky Arts’s ‘Landscape Art of the Year’ Award (2018), and was shortlisted for the Clyde & Co. Blank Canvas Award (2018) and for the BP Portrait Award 2019. She was recently interviewed by Young Space artist platform, has participated in multiple artists takeovers for publications such as Assemblage Magazine, and WOTISART? Magazine.

Fleur recently exhibited a duel show with artist Sue Kennington at Sid Motion Gallery. She has shown in multiple group shows throughout the UK and had a solo show this June with Studio 73 Gallery in Brixton, London.

Artist Statement:

My practice explores the absence of the body and soul after death, and the dichotomies of grief through creating a dialog between of Ceramics and Epoxy Resin painting. Fuelled by personal experiences of loss, I aim to demystify discussions of mortality in contemporary society through visualising these experiences.

By use of clay and my creation of vessels formations, my practice works in continuum with ancient multi-cultural funerary ritual; signifying the universality and timelessness of the concept of death. Through containment of negative space and somatic suggestion, my work aims to provoke the emptiness of the body after the souls departure. Inspired by Julian Stair’s Quietus series, my process of hand building and bisque firing aim to envisage the human lifeline, and the transformation of the body after death; ultimately provoking this idea of permanence and finality.

 Simultaneously, painting in pigmented Epoxy Resin I aim to visualise internal landscapes of loss through abstraction and deceptions of space, curated as emotional settings for these vessels. The fluidity of the material and pouring method envisioning the nature of emotion; fluctuating between the natural and the surreal, the suffocating and the tranquil.

 Drawing on artists such as Betty Woodman, through my cross-pollination of painting and ceramics I seek to further bridge the interface between Craft and Fine Art.

Exhibitions:

Nov 2019 (Forthcoming) Affordable Art Fair

Oct 2019 (Forthcoming) Group Show, Primrose Hill

Oct - Nov 2019 (Forthcoming) Group Show with YAP Art, Manor Barn, UK

July 2019 ‘Maker’s Mark’ Group Show, Cupola Contemporary Art Gallery, UK

June 2019 ‘Solo Show’, Studio 73 Gallery, London

June 2019 ‘From the Studio Floor’, UK

April - May 2019 ‘Micro’, Air Gallery, UK

March - April 2019 ‘Duel Show: Sue Kennington and Fleur Simon’, Sid Motion Gallery, London

Graduated City & Guilds of London Art School (1st Class Honours)

June 2018   Degree Show, City & Guilds of London Art School, London

June 2017   City & Guilds of London Art School Interim Show, The Crypt Gallery, London

June 2016   City & Guilds of London Art School Interim Show, Diorama Arts Studios, London

June 2014 Central Saint Martins Foundation Show 2014, Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross Granary Building, London

Residencies/Awards:

February 2019 Shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2019

May 2018    Shortlisted for the Clyde & Co. Blank Canvas Award, 2018

June 2017   Winner of the Wildcard Prize on Landscape Art of the Year Award 2017, Aired on SkyArts 2017

Press:

Mar 2019 Artist on the Verge Interview with Art Verge

Feb 2019 Interview with artist platform Young Space

Feb 2019 Published in Average Art Magazine

Feb 2019 Artist Takeover for Semi Magazine

2019 Published in February issue of A5 Magazine

2019 Published in February issue of WOTISART? Magazine

2019 Artist Takeover for Assemblage Magazine

2018 Artist of the Week, interview with Collective 31

Collections:

The Welbeck Clinic Collection, London

The Monsoon Collection, London.

Education:

2019 Picture Frame Making (studio practice), The Camden College

2015 - 2018   BA Fine Art (Painting), City and Guilds of London Art School (1st Class Honours)

2017              Decorative Surfaces Paint Technique Practical Workshops, City and Guilds of London Art School & The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers

2014-2015     Foundation, on a scholarship to Paris College of Art

2013-2014     Foundation (Fine Art Practice), Central Saint Martins, UAL