Simon Claridge

Monroe Lisa - Blue by Simon Claridge
Monroe Lisa - Pink by Simon Claridge
Monroe Lisa - Yellow by Simon Claridge
Monroe Lisa - Red by Simon Claridge
Penny Black - Silver by Simon Claridge
Penny Black - Blue by Simon Claridge
Penny Black - Pink by Simon Claridge
Penny Black - Yellow by Simon Claridge
Penny Black - Red by Simon Claridge
Pretty In Pink by Simon Claridge
Tickled Pink by Simon Claridge
For Your Eyes Only by Simon Claridge
Only For You by Simon Claridge
Dressed To Impress by Simon Claridge
Born in Edinburgh in 1980, fine artist Simon Claridge holds a degree in Fine Art and Art History from the University of Reading which he received upon graduation in 2002; however his artistic direction was paved long before that. Whilst at school, and when asked that age-old question as to what do you want to be when you grow up, Claridge would always answer immediately and without any prompting; “I want to be an artist”. Which made a refreshing change, we’re sure from the more typical footballer, astronaut or racing driver.

Unfortunately the process took a while longer than Claridge had imagined that it might during his formative years, and had to content himself and put his artistic ambitions on hold on leaving Uni at the start of the Noughties. Still, at the very least he found himself in the right environment, and what ultimately turned out the right time, as Claridge took up a role in a Windsor art gallery. Proving his worth in a retail capacity, Claridge was soon elevated to the position of shop manager, and managed to balance this with spending every spare minute painting himself at home; perfecting the unique style that he’s since gone on to make his own and be highly regarded in the industry for.

At this time, Claridge was submitting his bespoke compositions to other local art galleries and attending art fairs in London to further his exposure, and was selling his works, albeit on a small, intermittent scale at that juncture. Deciding to seize the bull by the horns so to speak and essentially take matters into his own hands, one weekend Claridge removed all the exhibits from the gallery window in which he worked, and replaced with his own compositions, in a bid to speed up the process of gaining wider recognition for his works. Risky as this move undoubtedly was, Claridge’s previously unseen work went down a storm, and he’d sold everything he’s created for that window by lunchtime on that fateful day. Within a week he’d handed in his notice, and less than a month on he’d been snapped up by the UK’s leading fine art publisher, Washington Green. Funnily enough, a year later Claridge showcased some of his (then) new collection at that very same Windsor gallery where his journey effectively started, which sold-out almost immediately.

Focussing on his particular brand of art, and Claridge confers that he purposefully blocks out fields of color and then begins to build up layers of paint to achieve a completely flat finish. In these stunning works, he aims to connect with the viewer on an emotional level while still paying attention to the formal relationships of abstract shapes and voids within the composition. Claridge is drawn to the line between fantasy and reality, with his habitual aim being to blur the two in his artworks.

Claridge’s trademark prints have included portraits of iconic Hollywood starlets, supermodels and legendary musicians, which have been encrusted with diamond dust. The celebrated likes of Bridgit Bardot, Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe have all been on the receiving end of the Claridge treatment and the artist doesn’t shy away from the fact that he’s chosen these women because of the reactions they provoke.

Claridge has said that his portraits are intended to celebrate society's fascination with female icons of the modern age who are synonymous with desires and dreams of glamour, sex and fame, and that his work has been directly influenced by Pop-Art guru, Andy Warhol who started encrusting his portraits with diamond dust in the 1970s and 80s. Whilst critics of Warhol decreed that by creating a glittery surface the artist was commentating on society's obsession with glamour, illusion and extravagance, Claridge has no qualms about expanding on this theory and widely-held belief, and goes to pains to explain that Warhol's work is as relevant as ever and is continuing to resonate as people live more extravagant lives. After all, Warhol's comments about everyone having 15 minutes of fame in the future have seemingly been proved correct by the media's fixation with celebrity and reality television stars.

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