Simon Williams’ (b1965) paintings feed upon the plethora of visual material accessible in the digital age he draws inspiration from many sources most notably childhood comic books, propaganda posters, graffiti works and advertising.

“My work is a preoccupation with metamorphic, abstracted marks and their inherent chance alignments; exploring new ways to use paint to refine my visual and conceptual vocabulary. These images are intended to challenge the visual perception of the viewer, where sharp edges meet overlaying screened folds of paint, applied in thin layers to create vivid spatial surfaces.
I deliberately choose to make and modify my own pallet knives and other painting tools, to push paint whilst seeking to contest the conventions and recognizable signature of the paint brush. The working process is a balance between responding to the mark making and stumbling upon unpredicted visual reference through the creation and manipulation of form.”

Simon is a remarkably inventive artist and his approach to exploring painting, processes and materials echoes the time he has spent as a Designer in the film industry.


Porthmeor Studios short term let No.5 historic former studio of Patrick heron and Ben Nicholson.



1965 Born


  • 1989-90 MA Painting Nottingham Art College
  • 1984-87 BA Hons in Fine Art Painting, Loughborough College of Art and Design

Solo Shows

  • “Ultra Space” That Art Gallery, Bristol, Somerset 2018
  • “Viscosity” Vitreous Contemporary Art, Truro, Cornwall 2007
  • “Dynamism” Vitreous Contemporary Art, Truro, Cornwall 2005
  • “New Works” Patterson Associates, Neasdon, London 1992
  • “Recent Drawings”,The Garden, Loughborough, Leicestershire 1990

Selected Group Show

  • "John Moores Painting Prize",Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2016
  • "After Illusion" Group show, Penwith Gallery, St Ives Cornwall 2016
  • "Autogenous" PZ Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall 2016"Autogenous 2" The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall 2016
  • "The Salon 2" Project 103 Art Gallery, Newquay, Cornwall 2016
  • "Gallery 49" Falmouth, Cornwall 2015
  • "Falmouth Art Gallery" Cornwall 2015
  • “Penwith Society Summer Exhibition" St Ives, Cornwall 2015
  • “The Salon" Project 103 Art Gallery, Newquay, Cornwall 2015
  • “Candid Arts Spring Salon” Islington, London 2015
  • “Limbo” Leth Cornwall Art Biennial The Old Coffin Store, Truro, Cornwall 2013
  • "Recent Paintings Old bakery Studios,Truro, Cornwall 2013
  • "Jacks Cows" Hall for Cornwall, Truro, Cornwall 2009
  • "Simon Williams and Vincent Rymer" Rainyday Gallery Penzanze, Cornwall 2006
  • "Bonhams Cornish Contempoary Art", Trewithin, Cornwall 2005
  • "Fat Cat" Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall 2004
  • "Alternative Leonardo Exhibition" Gabriels Wharf, London 1990
  • "Art in the Park", Clapham Common, London 1989
  • "Newpack", Cline Associates Neasdon, London 1989
  • "Gadsby Drawing Prize", Leicester 1989
  • "Mini Works", Town Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire 1988
  • "Leicester Infirmary Exhibition" 1988
  • "Summer Show", Nottingham City Artists, Nottingham 1988"Lady Bird Drawing Competition" Loughborough, Leicestershire 1984
  • “Bilston Museum Group Exhibition” Bilston, West Midlands 1982


  • Newlyn Art School,Cornwall, 2018
  • Plymouth College of Art and Design, Plymouth 20016
  • Plymouth College of Art and Design, Plymouth 2007
  • Royal College Of Art, London 1998
  • Central School of Speech and Drama London 1993-96


 John Moores Painting Prize Catalogue 2016.

Manor Magazine 2017

Cornwall Today 2017

My Cornwall 2017