Simon Edmondson

The reality of life is the subject of the works of Simon Edmondson. A dual reality: the knowable and the unknowable; or the close and the distant, which are somehow unified in a single personal vision.
His light-filled paintings operate as symbols for this relationship, where he creates atmospheres; tragic auroras of light cast over decaying everyday work places, hospitals, monuments, offices etc. Each canvas offers a new view of a changing world where the figures seem helplessly confronted by some unstoppable and elemental change.

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These atmospheres take the viewer inside luminous architectural spaces where objects appear painted with a care and realism that contrasts with a painterly physical uncertainty. Foreground and background live together in tension, combining to form an unexplained experience of beauty and horror in one.
The backgrounds; often interior-like; where melancholy becomes extreme, either for their sense of destruction or their passive timelessness; are kept in perspective and distanced from the unquiet , occasional figurative personalities ; judges, politicians, cardinals, nurses etc.. Their presence; something between action and inaction, is charged with drama and dynamism.
The works of Edmondson move between the real and the unreal, the conscious and the unconscious, questioning both in collective historical memory. There is that which we feel we know and that which we cannot understand but whose presence we recognize. The union of these two contrasting elements is painted into one image appearing like a mirror of reality.

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Berggasse No.1 - 2018 - huile sur papier - 122x152 cm - collection privée Vienne
Berggasse No.1 - 2018 - huile sur papier - 122x152 cm - collection privée Vienne
Iron Steps - 2011 huile sur papier - 122x76 cm - collection privée de l'artiste
Iron Steps - 2011 huile sur papier - 122x76 cm - collection privée de l'artiste
Recinto - 2011 - Huile sur papier - 152x122 cm - disponible
Recinto - 2011 - Huile sur papier - 152x122 cm - disponible
Des museo 1 - 2014 - 195x130 cm - huile sur toile - disponible
Des museo 1 - 2014 - 195x130 cm - huile sur toile - disponible
Constelación - 2015 - huile sur toile - 84x114 cm - disponible (sl)
Constelación - 2015 - huile sur toile - 84x114 cm - disponible (sl)
Palanquin - 2016 - huile sur papier - 122x152 cm - disponible
Palanquin - 2016 - huile sur papier - 122x152 cm - disponible
Long hair - 2017 - pastel sur papier - 29x39 cm - disponible
Long hair - 2017 - pastel sur papier - 29x39 cm - disponible
Divan 1 - 2017 - huile sur papier - 47x61 cm - disponible
Divan 1 - 2017 - huile sur papier - 47x61 cm - disponible
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