Simeon Stafford

Cornwall Life - - FOOD HEROES -

Simeon Stafford is one of the coun­try’s lead­ing naive artists cre­at­ing work that pur­posely cre­ates a world of child­ish sim­plic­ity with the power to re­new and re­fresh the viewer.

Simeon moved to Corn­wall in the early 1990s from his home town ‘up North’ fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful busi­ness ca­reer.But paint­ing and com­pos­ing mu­sic were al­ways his pas­sion and since mov­ing to the South West his paint­ings have be­come sought af­ter and are now in pri­vate col­lec­tions world­wide. The Queen is among his col­lec­tors: she has one of his paint­ings of The Mall.

Stand in front of one of Simeon’s paint­ings and it’s easy to see why. You can’t help but smile and be trans­ported into a world of undi­luted hap­pi­ness where skip­ping ropes, don­key rides, beach huts and fish­ing­boats sur­round you; in our ever chal­leng­ing world Simeon’s world is a ‘nice place to be’.

Simeon has held nu­mer­ous ex­hi­bi­tions in the South West and fur­ther afield. In Corn­wall you may have seen his work at New Crafts­men Gallery and he is cur­rently on show over the bor­der at the Ma­rine House Gallery in Beer. Simeon’s work will also be on show this month as part of the South West Academy’s an­nual show fea­tur­ing more than 350 art­works at Ex­eter Cas­tle this month. Ex­pect the best prac­ti­tion­ers of fine and ap­plied arts with var­ied prac­tices, back­grounds and styles.

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