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Simon Cunniffe
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College / University
DMU Leicester
Program / Degree
BA Fine Art and History of Art
August 1, 1996
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
I am...
a fulltime art teacher and artist. I graduated from De Montfort University, Leicester, with a BA Joint Hons in Fine Art and History of Art (1996) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University (1999). I teach 11-18 year olds Art and Textiles at the Towers School, in Kent. I have exhibited throughout the South East, London, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2007 (Pier 1) and was one of the key feature artists for the Canterbury Festival of Art 2007, having large exhibition at the Marlowe. My canvas work is rooted in industrial landscape. There is a strong emphasis on highly engineered, everyday structures. These rich, high gloss, usually red backgrounds that play with the rules of colour theory. Textures and tones work off each other creating very bright, impactive paintings that leave subtlety behind. Much of his work has a strong sense of perspective linking back to his interest in architecture, more precisely Victorian engineering and the High Tech style of the late 1980's.
About my artwork
I try to reverse colour theory. The highly dominant, rich, warm red is used as a background. This forces the subject matter, to be powerful enough to push this back. I try and combine high gloss with rich impasto oil focus points to heighten this process. The majority of my subjects are landscape based or pieces of human engineering. Everyday structures are used, that are highly functional but have an aesthetic sculptural quality. For example The Red series of paintings.
Artists I like
Anselm Kiefer, Alberto Burri, Lucien Freud, Peter Doig, Sam Taylor-Wood,
Centre of the artworld:
New York, London

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