ARTIST STATEMENT
EXHIBITION HISTORY
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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. Over the past few years I have been using watercolour in a loose expressionist manner.

Artist Exhibitions



Summer 2005. Carving Modelling. Two person show at St. Augustines Abbey, English Heritage Site.

Spring 2006. Sculpture in the Cathedral. Group Show in the Chapter House, Canterbury Cathedral.

Spring 2008. After the Storm. One man show, Lemba Gallery, Cyprus
Work in galleries in Nicosia, Larnaca and Limasol, Cyprus.

Summer 2008. Artists of Fame and Promise. Group Show, Gallery Kipriaki Gonia, Larnaka, Cyprus

Work in private collections in UK, Cyprus, France, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and US.

Summer 2011. AVIARY Predators One man show University Centre Folkestone, UK

Currently Various group exhibitions in Kent and London

Online work at www.johnsims.yolasite.com ...

Artist Publications



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Artist Collections



Numerous private, corporate, museum, gallery and government collections detailed information coming soon.

Artist Favorites



Tea Pokrajcic, , , Original Painting Oil, size_width{zenee-1511217607.jpg} X
Original Oil Painting, 2017
64 x 96 x 2 cm (11.8 x 11.8)
United Kingdom
Stefan Fiedorowicz, , , Original Painting Oil, size_width{Hints_Allegations_and_Things-1541777508.jpg} X
Original Oil Painting, 2013
80 x 80 x 4 cm (11.8 x 11.8)
United Kingdom
John Sims, , , Original Painting Oil, size_width{eyes_closed-1511453374.jpg} X
Original Oil Painting, 2017
21 x 21 cm (11.8 x 11.8)
United Kingdom
Tea Pokrajcic, , , Original Painting Oil, size_width{germinal-1511200582.jpg} X
Original Oil Painting, 2016
160 x 135 x 3 inches (11.8 x 11.8)
United Kingdom
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Pamela Van Laanen, , , Original Painting Acrylic, size_width{cosmic_dream_ii-1510259788.jpg} X
Original Acrylic Painting, 2017
24 x 18 x 1 inches (11.8 x 11.8)
United Kingdom

Personal Favorites



Personal info and favorite links and sites coming soon.