Simon Rose

Born in UK 1968

Lives and works in Israel and Greece.

Artists Statement

 

From studying Art and History of Art at college I have developed an eye for beauty in all its guises. From the obvious to the more subtle forms.

We are confronted with beauty everyday and all around us. Beauty can be found in Nature, human form, clothing, architecture, expression, performance, music and art to name but a few. Some shapes and designs are more obvious and familiar, and even on display for consumption through advertising in its myriad of forms.

I am concerned with the less apparent shapes and contours that may escape the casual observers gaze. The simple yet profound, unadulterated beauty found on closure inspection . The play of light, stillness and movement, colour and contour found in Nature and within a studio environment.

Todays world seems to be one of ever evolving disconnection from Nature and each other and our inner selves.

A plethora of technology, full of various forms of media is vying for our attention and time, in a fast paced hectic society.

In the work I present, I invite a reconnection to ourselves. To view art as a somatic experience that allows a slower more careful observation of what is present, to reveal a fuller picture, through both emotional and cognitive exploration.

I wish to relate this within a body of work that explores the horizon between photography and painting and blends the boundaries.

Exploring how we relate to colour and texture . What emotional response is revealed through interacting with an artwork?

Colour Field Artists such as Mark Rothko have inspired me. His use of colours and layers have always stirred something deep within me, I so enjoy viewing his work and entering into a relationship with it. I find it an emotionally rich experience to spend time in its presence.

I have drawn inspiration from his art, and experiment with long exposure shots, intentional camera movement and in studio exploration, that pays homage to his style.

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Henry David Thoreau. 

My artworks explore the idea of how through humanities history and our lives conditioning, we assume through automated responses and have predetermined views.

In perceiving an object through our sense of sight, we create a uniform understanding, a common language using a naming system, that then informs our emotions and feelings.

For example, an object such as a chair is named as such in a myriad of languages and cultures, we all come to the same conclusion regarding what we are viewing.

 

What then, if what is presented is not clear, abstract in form, undetermined? 

We are thus unable to ascertain an instantaneous response or appropriately name what we may be looking at.

 

Here we are unrestricted, independent and free to form a fresh relationship with what lies before us.

Without relying on the habitual, we can explore new ways, and develop a contact from a place of inner exploration, going beyond the routine automated response.

 

We find ourselves liberated, to explore how we may feel towards an art piece, what new information is present?

Instead of the brain directly registering what we are looking at, we may ask how does one relate to what is seen?

Looking closer, deeper, what and how do we see and perceive? Using eyes, body sensations and feelings, a more complete picture is revealed.

A more lengthy process is initiated and the destination opens into the unknown...

I draw inner strength and joy from installing myself and camera in a location and observing what is there.Taking the time to quieten my mind and just be with what presents itself. Natures beauty and radiance, is observed and adored. From this space of stillness I become one with the surroundings, and motifs reveal themselves to my hungry eyes. Light and colour jump into my view and are captured through the lens of my camera, enchanting my vision and feeding my soul.  

In the images I present, which have been inspired by Flow, Stillness and Light, I intend to imbue a flavour of this process where Life’s beauty and arts relationship with it are explored. I wish to convey a sense of marvel at Natures limitless forms of beauty, that are forever manifested. When we simply take the time, and allow a space in which to observe and witness, the kaleidoscope of light and colour, that is Life’s play, eternally resplendent. 

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2015 Pallas Athina, Athens, Greece,"Life in Motion"

2017 Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, “Monochrome”

2017 Kalamata, Greece,"Coneictura IV”

2018 Rosenbach Contemporary, Jerusalem, Israel "Observation of Creation"

2018 "Fresh Paint" Tel Aviv, Israel.

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Koroni Arts Festival, Greece," Flow, Stillness and Light"

2016 Arts Festival, Methoni, Greece,"Textures of Greece"

2016 Maniatakeion Foundation, Koroni, Greece,"Textures of Greece"

2017 Open Studio Gallery, Gargaliani, Greece,"The Beauty Within"

2017 Arts Festival, Methoni, Greece,"The Beauty Within"

2107 Koroni, Greece,"The Beauty Within"

2018 Methoni, Greece, "Stillness and Movement"

Collections

Assorted private collections worldwide.

Represented by Rosenbach Contemporary, Jerusalem, Israel.

I prefer not to incorporate "Photoshop" alterations to my images. Instead I allow a more organic relationship between the subject, and what I see to be present. Hence I choose to adjust simply the contrast and levels (brightness) to enhance what is.

Fine Art Photographer based in Israel and Greece. Inspired by Natures patterns and textures within a context of movement and stillness. Utilising long exposure and intentional camera movement.

All images created in-camera with minimal digital enhancement.