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.
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.
June 2019 ‘Solo Show’, Studio 73, Brixton London
June 2019 ‘From the Studio Floor’, Cambridge
April - May 2019 ‘Micro’, Air Gallery
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
February 2019 Shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2019
May 2018 Shortlisted for the Clyde & Co. Blank Canvas Award, 2018
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
2018 Sublime Space I in The Monsoon Collection, London.
2019 Picture Frame Making (studio practice), The Camden College
2015 - 2018 BA Fine Art (Painting), City and Guilds of London Art School
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