Stephen Simpson is known for his vibrant paintings which deliver an impactful contemporary twist on the classical genre of floral art. His artworks are deeply layered, whilst they also take on an almost sculptural shape. Playing on the intricacies woven into the shape of flowers, Stephen's work blends the organic with an approach that mixes aspects of 2D and 3D sculpture. This is achieved through a heavy texture and high-gloss technique. This distinctly unique take on floral art is something that produces deeply captivating results. Whilst it is very much part of the historic lineage of floral artwork, it also carves out its own space.
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Contemporary Floral Art
From ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics of lotus flowers to Vincent Van Gogh's famed sunflower paintings, the natural beauty of the flower has been a heavy influence on the development of the visual arts over many ages. Stephen Simpson's artwork provides a contemporary chapter to this story. He has taken inspiration from flowers such as roses, poppies, daisies, hibiscuses and sunflowers. His body of work takes you on a moving and passionate botanical tour.
Colour & Texture
Always keen to deploy unexpectedly uplifting bursts of colour and texture, Stephen's floral artwork is very much made to energise. Looking at one of his artworks will give you that same refocusing quality that you might get walking through a beautiful garden, where one's mind is at once calmed and revivified. His collections are positive in nature, making the viewer contemplate the great gift that is the world and its natural beauties.
Passion for Nature
Among Stephen's main influences are the French modernist painter Édouard Manet, the pioneering American artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and the English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner. Like any great Romantic artist, Stephen is deeply drawn to the wonder of nature. He often finds inspiration walking the North-Eastern coastlines of England. Here, it is not just the flowers and plants themselves which act as a source of inspiration, but also the exciting energy and dynamism of the waves as they crash into the shoreline. Like the distinct joy of receiving a finely arranged bouquet of flowers, Stephen Simpson's floral paintings stir a deep and instant feeling of satisfaction and joy.