Article by Sarah Wasko
Pepijn Simon was five years old when his teacher had his class listen to music while painting, and he distinctly remembers thinking it was the most important lesson of his life.
The rest of school, he says, wasn’t as inspiring. Naturally, he pursued art, and most recently, paint has served as his weapon of choice. Simon grew up in the Netherlands without a father, and with a mother who was somewhat aloof. He turned to art in order to foster his own safe haven. At a young age, he got the hell out of Dodge to pursue photography and attend Fotoacademie Amsterdam. Soon, however, photography started to feel limiting, so he began to paint. This summer, he is sharing his paintings for the first time.
These paintings began as an experiment to see how much one can eliminate from the face without losing recognition. “We are all programmed to see faces and to recognize emotion in them. There is ultimately a combination between realism and abstraction that is needed to portray an emotion”, he says. A friend in art school noticed a face in a painting and this inspired the work. He had what Simon describes as “a certain look in his eyes.” He says, “I didn’t pay much attention to it. Years later, I painted this series of portraits, and I finally understand that look.” It is clear that these are human figures, but everybody is going to see the characters differently. Personally, I can’t shake the image of Meltman from Action League Now.
Simon paints without the use of any brushes. In fact, he is using old twisted credit cards. He begins with a black painted canvas and paints while it’s still wet. He applies the white paint without any sketching or use of photographs. “I try to catch the person who reveals himself in the paint at that moment. This goes very fast. Shortly afterwards, I decide, while the paint is still wet, if it can stay or not. If not, then I start the process again.” For Simon, the dark paintings are an expression of miscommunication between people and the reflected emotions.
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Study after Velázquez, Francis Bacon & Sergej Eisenstein. Pope Innocent X
100 x 140 cm
There seem to be a ‘Predestined’ affinity to the emotions Light creates, in the Lower Countries, that Northern side of Europe, from where the world inherited some of the finest paintings, throughout centuries of Art History. As I learned of @pepijn-simon, inspirational affinity for Auguste Rodin, I come to better sense the three dimensional depth of this excellent work, which further infused by a certain ‘irreverence’, we first saw in Francis Bacon, who was not afraid to challenge that ‘establishment’ for which the great Velázquez painted. It is not surprising that a 1967-born artistic soul would have been the one to best translate this highly naturalistic oeuvre to such a three dimensional structure and layered depth. As an earlier @ganymedesrocks post suggested, Simon’s interpretation is actually more ‘architecturally’ visual than Bacon’s rendition. That is because @pepijn-simon erects that emotion, from within the layering, instead of a simple fusion of realism and abstraction, which enhances both the figurative and the naturalistic force. The surface, from the vibrancy of its colours, light and shadows, now becomes a statue-on-canvas, whereto it rallies the Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948) eye; both a cinematic and an architectural sense of perspective.
THE HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL PAINTINGS OF PEPIJN SIMON
I love art with a passion. Sometimes I wish I was skilled with my hands. Maybe with practice...but my first love is writing, and I can't bring myself to try new things because I feel guilty for not writing...
Enough of that.
There's a wonderful artist whose work stirs all kinds of emotions within me. His name is Peijn Simon and he's from the Netherlands. Simon turned to photography as a means to escape his turbulent childhood, but he quickly switched to painting.
What's amazing about his work is that he doesn't use a paintbrush. He uses old twisted credit cards. According to www.monsterchildren.com, "He begins with a black painted canvas and paints while it’s still wet. He applies the white paint without any sketching or use of photographs."
You can read more about Simon here, and if you fall in love with his work, you can actually purchase his paintings.
This guy is up there with the greats.
I can't wait for his work to be featured in the United States.
Under The Radar
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2nd Study after Velázquez, Francis Bacon & Sergej Eisenstein. Pope Innocent X
100 x 140 cm
Pepijn Simon 2016
Born from the 1967 Netherlands cradle of artists, felt those emotions that often lead to a call as early as the age of 5. He turned to art in order to foster his own safe haven. Simon knew rapidly that each emotion is a fusion of realism and abstraction, from which that instant becomes portrayed by it through the hands of the artist that vehicles them. Simon paints without the use of any brushes. In fact, he is using old twisted credit cards as a kind of vehicle to lay down the vision; the sketch if you will. Particularly because he paints from a felt emotion, the process is very fast, revealing the characters shortly thereafter, which he then accents while the paint is still wet; deciding what can stay and what is superfluous to “the message” he pursues. Some may look at his work and feel it very “Bacon”, very “Velázquez” and therefore very influenced. Now, the lest we forget, most great Masters, never shied away from copying ‘miles’ of existing works prior to let their voice render there more personal message. What counts is the force within how these influences are rendered. The result is striking; the artist worth watching.
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PUBLICATION in magazine "Lucide" 2016
By Pierre de Winter
SUMERIAN RECORDS Los Angeles
Several times Featured on the SAATCHI ART'S HOMEPAGE.
Curator: Rebecca Wilson
SAATCHI ART 11-01-2016
Chosen to be featured in the New This Week 1-11-2016 Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage. You can see the collection here: http://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Collage-Drawing/New-This-Week-1-11-2016/153961/123641/view
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Chosen to be featured in Saatchi Art ‘Artist of the Day’ series. The artworks are going to be featured within the following weeks on all of the social media accounts Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc
Chosen to be featured in the curated ” Under the radar” of Artslant by the Senior Editors.
Under the Radar scours ArtSlant looking for the best work uploaded by its users.
INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS ART
Selected for inclusion in “International Contemporary Artists” art book, volume XI.
ART HABENS 21-10-2015
Selected for publication in the next Special edition of ART Habens Contemporary Art Review
Selected as a WINNER in the 6th 2015 ArtSlant Prize Showcase competition
BANT MAG. 16-10-2015
An independent music, film and arts magazine from Istanbul
SAATCHI ART 12-10-2015
Chosen to be featured in the New This Week 10-12-2015 Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage. Curator: Rebecca Wilson
You can see the collection here: (Artwork removed)
CONTEMPORARY ART OF EXELLENCE BOOK 26-09-2015
Selected to get featured and promoted in the “Contemporary Art of Excellence Book” investable art 2016 by GAA Publishing
Selected as part of the Newest Originals Curation Category
“Inspired By Old Masters”
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Katherine Henning is the Associate Curator at Saatchi Art. She received her MA in History of Art and the Art Market: Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie’s Education, New York, and her BA in English Literature (Creative Writing) from University of Southern California. Some of her favorite art historical movements are Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and Fauvism. She includes in her list of favorite contemporary artists Yayoi Kusama, Richard Serra, James Turrell, and Kehinde Wiley
“The paintings of Pepijn Simon”
Article by Sarah Wasko
Monster Children was founded in 2003 in Sydney, Australia, as an alternative to the standard action sports titles in the market, expanding the content of traditional surf and skate magazines into art, photography, design and music and forever changing the genre.
Since its inception, articles on surfers and skaters have featured alongside interviews with ground breaking artists, photographers, filmmakers and musicians.
In 2010, a US edition was launched with offices established in Los Angeles and New York, and now in 2013 Monster Children is stronger than ever, having become a leader in youth lifestyle publishing the world over.
On behalf of chief curator Rebecca Wilson and the Saatchi Art curation team, the work “The Anatomy Lesson of the painting” has been chosen to be featured in the New this Week 8-17-2015 Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage.
Curated by Dimitris Manolas,
Explores Contemporary Aesthetic Directions and serves as a platform to honor a select few
inspirational contemporary works across all mediums from every part of the world.
Gallery Gabriel Fine Art
ALL RELIGIONS ARE ONE
Show inspired by William Blake
ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2016
Rotterdam International Art Fair 2016 september
Pandora's Box 2017
Great Banyan Art, New Delhi
Tales of Art 2016
Great Banyan Art,
SpijkerExpositie Breda 2011
VAK (Vereniging Ateliers Kunstenaars)
The Hague, The Netherlands
Galerie Hein Kocken 2009
Oude Leye The Netherlands
PiliPili Art Gallery 2009
Part of art collections in:
Germany, England, United States of America, India, Belgium,
United Arab Emirates, The Netherlands