Pioneer of that now termed the Art/Science forum, Simon is highly regarded as an artist researching the underlying patterns of nature through observation and scientific study. His passion is to celebrate natural wonder as a poetry of space.
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1988 he has completed numerous public and private sculpture commissions, exhibited work both in the U.K. and abroad, and travelled widely as a guest at international festivals and symposia.
Throughout this period Simon has developed a wide ranging knowledge of geometric principles with a particular interest in natural efficiencies. Simons suggestion that “The truth of science is beauty….the beauty of art is truth” is key in understanding the motivation behind much of his research into the nature and meaning of things, and has lead to many collaborative initiatives and projects.
In 1993 along with Prof. John Steeds and Prof. Sir Michael Berry of Bristol University Simon co-founded one of the very first “Artist in Residence” programmes at a University Physics department .His two year fellowship sponsored by the Wingate foundation was followed by a further initiative, the “Order in Space” project at Hewlett Packard’s European research headquarters, Bristol. This generously funded opportunity led to a fruitful collaboration with mathematician and visualisation programmer Dr. Andrew Burbanks, investigating amongst other things “higher dimensional spatial orders”.
In 2002 Simon returned to Bristol University, this time as artist in residence at the School of Mathematics, where a collection of works are on permanent exhibition.
Over 2005-2006 Simon embarked on an exciting commission for another Mathematics department, this time at Portsmouth University. He has undertaken a thorough investigation of the beguiling geometric structure of soap bubble foam. 3-D foam structures are still not fully understood scientifically, so therefore his innovative modelling system is certainly of interest to those working in this fascinating area.
As plenary speaker at the University of London’s Institute of Education in 2006 Simon presented his research on foam structures. Central to this was the modelling system which employed the inappropriate use of molecular modelling kit. It was here that the “Royal Institution” made contact and asked Simon to develop a “Masterclass” designed to engage school students of all ages with Mathematics. “Developing X,Y,Z” was the result, a building system once again based on molecular modelling but this time employing a different atom centre; the cubi-lattice node as present in salt crystals.
Between 2009 and 2013 Simon worked on his 20 metre tall “New Celtic Cross” design which is now completed and can be seen at the Cornish end of the Tamar Bridge. The finalised sculpture is not only an imposing work of art, but also an engineering achievement of note.
In the autumn of 2014 Simon will be the sole U.K. representative at the “World Crafts Council” Woodcarving Festival in Dongyang, near Shanghai, China. Titled as “Carving the Future: inheriting traditional craftsmanship” 20 Chinese masters will be joined by 20 world-wide foreigners with the goal of exploring the possible futures of woodcarving.