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Cornwall and the West Country


The Stour Gallery has shown and sold Simons work for fifteen years to those who respond to the strong colour and

tonal qualities of the paint, to the sense of mystery of what might be just under the surface of land and sea and the

marking of ancient paths. Simon's architectural training enables him to dispense with much a more obvious painter

might include, by ensuring the structure is always there. His handling of paint, his over painting that depends so much

on earlier marks and colour; his ability to create and reflect mystery, his drawing that lets a simple line convey a form,

are all skills that are strongly evident in this new body of work.

The paintings are of Cornwall; its ancient settlements, landscapes, sea, sky and harbours, in all its sharp light and

tonal beauty. Many painters find inspiration for their work in Cornwall - the requisite essentials are all there, few

succeed as Simon succeeds, in reducing to essential but recognisable form and colour what lies below and above the

surface of land, sky and sea. Sarah Stoten

Simon trained as an architect qualifying in 1980 and practised in Sheffield for twelve years before moving to Cornwall

in 1992 to paint full-time. He works in a studio near Land's End and his paintings are exhibited in major galleries in

Britain and abroad. As his reputation has grown his work has become greatly sought after. Simon is a member of the

Newlyn Society of Artists. He continually returns to the discipline of drawing, always carrying a sketchbook, his paints

in his studio where his drawings, paradoxically, are rarely directly referred to.

"I seem to have had a pencil in my hand for most of my life. The work I do in the studio is based on memory; my

drawings are often used for reference. I hardly ever transpose the pencil lines in my sketchbook as paint onto the

canvas. The drawing is an aide-memoir, once made it is stored in my mind and becomes an imprint of a specific

moment in time. If I've drawn it, I'll remember it. " Simon Pooley

Simon's drawings and paintings continue to develop in breadth of style and subject, and sheer ability to paint with

skill, strength and spirit. He has managed to free himself from the disciplined, detailed accuracy demanded by

architecture and has adopted a flexible, flowing style. His paintings are energetic and full of life; this is enhanced by

the different techniques and media used; from brushes and pencils to scratching through the paint and the use of


Gallery artists include

Modern Masters: Sir Peter Blake, Sandra Blow RA, Anthony Frost, Terry Frost RA, Donald Hamilton Fraser


John Hoyland RA, Bruce McLean, Breon O’Casey, Jane O’Malley, Tony O’Malley HRHA, Barbara Rae RA.

Artists: Angela A’Court, Jo Ashby ARBA, Lynda Ruth Brown, James Campbell, Neil Canning, Julie Collins,

Jessica Cooper RWA, John Emanuel, Catherine Headley, Felicity Keefe, James Kerr, Janette Kerr PRWA,

David Penhale, John Pickering, Simon Quadrat RWA, Mark Raggett ARWS, Laura Sednaoui, Maggie Shaw,

John Maxwell Steele, Terry Whybrow, Penwith and Newlyn Societies.

Ceramics • Sculpture • Glass • Jewellery

Please see our website for full details of artists and makers

Representing artists and makers who work from, and are inspired by, Cornwall and the West

Country has been central to the gallery’s programme of exhibitions since opening in 1997.

We continue to source, show and support established and emerging artists who have found their

inspiration or created their work in the still remote county of Cornwall, which together with the

wider West Country is so much a part of the modern and contemporary history of British art

Exhibition online:

You are welcome to visit the gallery simply to enjoy the work

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