My paintings are often site-specific with living elements, incorporating a variety of landscapes. Psychological and environmental phenomena can inspire works and feed the conceptual thread that runs through my practice. Commissions and collaborations with external agendas, that I have worked on with other motivations, are always compatible with this, but might not be archived in my core body of work that has a narrative of it's own. Epic failures and seemingly insignificant pieces are sometimes included, whilst initiatives with clearer value, or a wider impact, aren't always referenced. In recent years the baseline has taken the form of a more traditional painting studio, that projects and works can spring to and from.
Work in progress is on this site, and the website lee-simmons.com gives a wider overview, from year 2000-2015. A purpose of this blog is to re-visit those often temporary and public works, working backwards through the years and logging processes whilst creating a collection of still images: leesimmons.blog/postcards
Paintings made behind closed doors are also being thought about and shared in a way that overlaps with the above, working forwards from 2011: leesimmons.blog/paintings This parallels how the line of enquiry has unfolded so far, and is perhaps more akin to looking through a photo album, than at an artist's portfolio.
Yesterday evening I had some quiet time in the studio, photographing paintings that will be included in NEW exhibition, some of them are below.
These from Rabee Kiwan. 1 - shoes - is 150x150 cm, 2 - Chair, 120x120cm, 3 and 4 - child are 50x50 cm, 5 - heads is 35x70 cm. Oil on canvas and some mixed media. These descriptions are not titles!
Below are two of Omar Ibrahim's, 1 - Horse and bird, is 20x20 cm ink on canvas, the woman and horse with bird is 50x70 cm, mixed media on canvas.
Two recent ones of my own follow, 1 - names, ink and acrylic paint on canvas, and 2 - mixing, is pigment and varnish on canvas. Both 30x30 cm.