Francesca Simon

(1953-)
Francesca Simon says of her practice:
"I make paintings. An instinct for geometry and pattern-making, combined with a fascination for three-dimensional effects worked onto the flat plane of the canvas, typify my practice. The harmony of my compositions is governed by an inner symmetry; my use of colour is restrained. My way into abstraction was through the topography and field shapes of North Yorkshire and, although my work is no longer situated in landscape, surface and what lies beneath continues to hold my interest. In my work the layers of gesso which obliterate the original painting are subsequently rubbed back to reveal what is below; the past is teased back to the present, a painted palimpsest."


'After Campin' is one of a series of hinged triptychs which are a contemporary and secular take on an essentially Christian devotional object. In this painting Simon looked particularly at the colours and composition of Campin's Merode triptych. The repetitive pattern-making of Islamic art, and her visits to the Alhambra and the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, are also of influence to Simon's current practice.


Francesca Simon studied at Newnham College, University of Cambridge (1972-75), City & Guilds of London Art School (2002-05) and completed an MA in Fine Art at Central St Martins (2009-10). Recent solo exhibitions include 'Navigations', Ryedale Folk Museum (2015); 'Site Lines', Beardsmore Gallery, London (2014) and 'Taking Shape', Beardsmore Gallery, London (2012). She lives and works in London and Glaisdale, Yorkshire.