BIOGRAPHY

Simon Bacon

Artist Biography

Simon Bacon lives and works in Essex and he graduated with an MA in Sculptural Practice from Colchester School of Art in 2013. He trained in Sculpture at the London Atelier of Representational Art as a pupil of Valentina Zlatarova. His work is influenced by over twenty-five years as an Osteopath and four years postgraduate research in Transpersonal Psychology, all of which supports his expression of existential themes through the human form.

Sculpture Style

Bacon's figurative work and process is shaped by a deep interest in the body, philosophy of mind and consciousness, typically reflecting an expression and enquiry of process, and references existential concepts and themes of identity, individual existence, freedom and choice, which are embodied through the narrative of the making itself. The sculptures undergo a number of stages from initial, often unmediated, modelling in clay to pieces that are ultimately cast in Bronze. Representational work is gradually deconstructed, fragmented and altered through process and making until the finished pieces become unique transformed figurative forms. For Simon, it is important that each piece is unique, as our existence and lives are ambiguous, uncertain and unique. The surfaces and forms of the sculptures which in some cases appears fragile, eroded and fragmented represent the conflict between our inner subjective reality and an outer "other" reality, the struggle with the uncertainty and ambiguity of life and the physical and psychological effects this has on us. Simon tries to sculpt the phenomenological; the " way and how it feels" experience of our becoming and the lived experience. For Bacon, existence includes more than what is currently existing.

Exhibiting History

Exhibiting History

2019
Annual Exhibition - Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh
Sculpture in the garden - Sculpt Gallery
London Art Fair
Group show "Out of this world"- Thompson's Gallery, London

2018
London Art Fair
Christmas Exhibition Sculpt Gallery
Autumn Exhibition - Thompson's Gallery, London
Annual Exhibition - Thompsons Gallery, Aldeburgh
Summer Exhibition - The Minories, Colchester

2017
Autumn Exhibition - Thompson's Gallery, London
35 Annual Exhibition- Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh
Art 50 Exhibition - Sculpt Gallery
Are you interested in bodies? - Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe.

2016
Annual Open Exhibition- Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe
Spring Exhibition- Thompson's Gallery Aldeburgh

2015
Christmas Exhibition Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh
A year in Review- Lacey Contemporary Gallery,
London AAF Battersea,London
Autumn Exhibition Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh
Open Studios- Sculpt Gallery Summer Exhibition- Sculpt Gallery.
Easthorpe
Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe.
' The Art of Casting'. Simon Bacon; Naomi Blake FRBS; Maurice Blik PPRBS. Sculpt Gallery

2014
Firstsite Collectors' group Award
Bacon Fenn & Moran : A Dedication to Form- Lacy Contemporary Gallery, London
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
'Shaping The Future' An exhibition showcasing sculpture by three talented emerging Essex artists: Simon Bacon and Lucy Lutyens. Sculpt Gallery
Colchester and Tendering Open Studios.
S.A.S Brushstroke Art Exhibition. St Peter's Church, Sudbury.

2013
Art and Living in association with Bang and Olufsen Colchester Art in Mind.
The Brick Lane Gallery, London Colchester and Tendring Open Studios.
Masters at the Minories – Graduation Show Solo Show- Hay Gallery Colchester School of Art.

Education & CV

1978: Colchester High School for Boys
1986-88: Colchester Royal Grammar School
1988-92: British College of Osteopathic Medicine
2007-11: MSc Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies, University of Northampton
2011 Best Student Commendation Award Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies- University of Northampton
2011-2013: Easter and Summer Schools London Atelier of Representational Art (Tutor Valentina Zlatarova)
2011: Portrait Sculpture LARA (Tutor: Valentina Zlatarova)
2011-2013: MA Sculptural Practice, Colchester School of Art
2011- 2013: Introduced to Laurence Edwards and makes regular visits to Butley Studios to learn about bronze casting. Uses the foundry for all casting to date.
2015- Formally appointed as understudy for a significant Maurice Blik commission