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As one of Britain’s leading contemporary sculptors, Simon Gudgeon has a signature smooth style that distils the essence of spirit and nature. His minimalist, semi-abstract forms depict both movement and emotion of a moment captured with a visual harmony that is unmistakably his own.
Simon was born in Yorkshire in 1958 "deep in the countryside on the family farm, learning the essential arts of observation, evaluation and interpretation of how animals and birds behave, both with each other and man".
At first, he practiced as a solicitor (after studying law at Reading University), not starting to paint until he was in his thirties, when he exhibited at London’s Battersea Exhibition Centre in 1992. An impulse purchase of artist’s clay at the age of 40 then led him into his current career as a sculptor.
Simon's work is a response to the natural world - the dynamics of which both challenge and excite him. In his studio, he aims to ‘move away from the purely representational, towards something that has a deeper subtext’, and as such he is incredibly innovative.
"There is increasingly a role for sculpture that goes beyond the merely decorative"