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JOHN SIMS
Chartham, Kent - United Kingdom


Playing with Rubens III, Watercolour


, Coptic Storm Cyprus, Figurative, $420
, No More Lust For Leda, Birds, $420
, Heat Broke Today, Abstract Landscape, $262

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Artist Statement

Following some thirty years working as a graphic designer and illustrator I began stone carving in 2000 and in 2002 I returned to college at Christ Church Canterbury in England to study BA Fine Art. In 2007 I went to the Cyprus College of Art to study for a Post Grad Diploma in Fine Art under the great Cypriot artist, Stass Paraskos. At the end of the course I was asked to stay on and run the Summer Schools and to be tutor on the Post Grad course. An incredible experience and an enormous influence on my work. My work now involves less stone carving more often found timber or kebab sticks My drawing in some respects has turned a full circle in the sense that prior to sculpture my illustration work was colourful but painstakingly detailed and stylised. At college I concentrated on measured observational life drawing in pencil which fed into the simple lines of my mainly figuratively based stone carvings. Whilst in Cyprus I re-discovered colour in both my drawing and sculpture. Dreams and mythology filled my waking and sleeping hours. Oil pastel and oil sticks became my favourite mediums to quickly capture these glimpses of near reality...they are the closest I can get to actually using my fingers to draw with. Using them feels somewhat like carving in colour and they stop me from going back to the detailed work of old. My subject matter is drawn from my dreams, mythology, memory and nature. ...

Original Artworks (54)

John Sims; headscape, 2017, Original Painting Oil, 21 x 21 cm. Artwork description: 241 I sat down and painted this from inside my head. Maybe it is a remembered place, I don t know...
John Sims
Original Oil Painting, 2017
21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3 inches)
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John Sims; have you ever been here, 2017, Original Painting Oil, 21 x 21 cm. Artwork description: 241 Small oil on paper. just playing around with colour and marks...
John Sims
Original Oil Painting, 2017
21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3 inches)
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John Sims; bathing angels cyprus, 2009, Original Pastel Oil, 30 x 40 cm. Artwork description: 241 Another Cyprus winged figure dream in Oil Pastel on Paper...
John Sims
Original Oil Pastel, 2009
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 inches)
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John Sims; dream of angels cyprus, 2009, Original Pastel Oil, 40 x 29 cm. Artwork description: 241 An early oil pastel on paper. I often Had dreams that featured naked winged figures. In this dream that is me in the background with my sculptors mallet in the bottom left...
John Sims
Original Oil Pastel, 2009
40 x 29 cm (15.7 x 11.4 inches)
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John Sims; coptic storm cyprus, 2009, Original Pastel Oil, 50 x 33 cm. Artwork description: 241 I opened the door of my room at The Cyprus College of Art and a hot strong sand laden wind blew in straight from Africa across the Med. This is a somewhat exaggerated, whimsical portrayal of the event ...
John Sims
Original Oil Pastel, 2009
50 x 33 cm (19.7 x 13.0 inches)
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John Sims; no more lust for leda, 2012, Original Drawing Crayon, 29 x 43 cm. Artwork description: 241 One of a series of Nature Morte bird drawings based on Greek Mythology via Ovid and 17th century Spanish still lifes. Zeus lusted after Queen Leda and disguised himself as a Swan to trick her into accepting his advances. Hence this depiction is in fact not a ...
John Sims
Original Crayon Drawing, 2012
29 x 43 cm (11.4 x 16.9 inches)
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John Sims; heat broke today, 2017, Original Pastel Oil, 21 x 21 cm. Artwork description: 241 June, the heat wave broke today but humidity is high and rain storm on the way...
John Sims
Original Oil Pastel, 2017
21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3 inches)
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John Sims; imaginary landscape, 2016, Original Watercolor, 22 x 22 cm. Artwork description: 241 Thinking about walking in Kent UK. Watercolour on paper...
John Sims
Original Watercolor, 2016
22 x 22 cm (8.7 x 8.7 inches)
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John Sims; shepherds delight, 2016, Original Watercolor, 30 x 30 cm. Artwork description: 241 Some thoughts about Sunsets in Whitstable in Kent, UK. . . Red sky at night. . . shepherds delite. Watercolour on paper. ...
John Sims
Original Watercolor, 2016
30 x 30 cm (11.8 x 11.8 inches)
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John Sims; winter solstice cold dark, 2016, Original Watercolor, 21 x 21 cm. Artwork description: 241 After a cold dark walk in Whitstable on Winter Solstice night. Watercolour on paper...
John Sims
Original Watercolor, 2016
21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3 inches)
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John Sims; girl on a beach in my head, 2016, Original Watercolor, 21 x 18 cm. Artwork description: 241 Another girl in my head. Watercolour on paper...
John Sims
Original Watercolor, 2016
21 x 18 cm (8.3 x 7.1 inches)
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John Sims; red head, 2016, Original Watercolor, 15 x 20 cm. Artwork description: 241 Small watercolour on paper. She just appeared in my head. ...
John Sims
Original Watercolor, 2016
15 x 20 cm (5.9 x 7.9 inches)
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John Sims; very hot day whitstable, 2016, Original Watercolor, 21 x 21 cm. Artwork description: 241 After walking on West Beach in Whitstable, Kent UK. A very hot day. Watercolour on Paper. ...
John Sims
Original Watercolor, 2016
21 x 21 cm (8.3 x 8.3 inches)
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John Sims; encounters cyprus, 2009, Original Pastel Oil, 50 x 33 cm. Artwork description: 241 Another Cyprus dream. . . where did this come from  Oil pastel on paper...
John Sims
Original Oil Pastel, 2009
50 x 33 cm (19.7 x 13.0 inches)
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John Sims; pasiphae and daedalus, 2009, Original Pastel Oil, 33 x 36 cm. Artwork description: 241 Another dream after reading the novel Pasiphae before falling asleep in Cyprus. Oil pastel on paper. ...
John Sims
Original Oil Pastel, 2009
33 x 36 cm (13.0 x 14.2 inches)
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John Sims; yellow snake dream cyprus, 2009, Original Pastel Oil, 39 x 67 cm. Artwork description: 241 Whilst working as a tutor at The Cyprus College of Art I started to use oil pastel as my prefered medium. I think perhaps it was the Cyprus Brandy that induced a period of intensely detailed dreams. This work,  Dream of the Yellow Snake  was one of ...
John Sims
Original Oil Pastel, 2009
39 x 67 cm (15.4 x 26.4 inches)
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John Sims; life room ii, 2012, Original Pastel Oil, 38 x 52 cm. Artwork description: 241 Life drawing, graphite and oil pastel on paper...
John Sims
Original Oil Pastel, 2012
38 x 52 cm (15.0 x 20.5 inches)
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John Sims; icarus in switzerland, 2009, Original Pastel Oil, 33 x 43 cm. Artwork description: 241 In summer 2009 I was invited to represent Cyprus at a stone carving symposium in the mountain village of Vattis in Switzerland. When not carving I made drawings of the beautiful landscape all around me. The village is situated in a deep river valley with high mountains ...
John Sims
Original Oil Pastel, 2009
33 x 43 cm (13.0 x 16.9 inches)
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John Sims; red green blue nude, 2010, Original Pastel Oil, 28 x 28 cm. Artwork description: 241 Oil pastel on paper, overworking a measured graphite life drawing that I made in Cyprus...
John Sims
Original Oil Pastel, 2010
28 x 28 cm (11.0 x 11.0 inches)
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John Sims; meeting with poussin, 2011, Original Mixed Media, 44 x 29 cm. Artwork description: 241 Drawn with colour pencil and oil pastel on paper after looking at paintings by Poussin and De Kooning. An imaginary meeting on a beach in Cyprus...
John Sims
Original Mixed Media, 2011
44 x 29 cm (17.3 x 11.4 inches)
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