Simon M Smith

Simon M Smith was born in Burnley, in 1957, and studied Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic, Reading University, and the Slade School of Fine Art. "I try to work in a state of flow, without expectation, where actively ‘not-knowing’ leads to invention, discovery and revelation. This ensures the work I make is authentically my own. The work I make changes from daytoy day, and the fact that I don’t know where I’m going or what I’m doing next is hugely liberating and motivating. It can also be quite terrifying. I have never ‘found my thing’ and stuck with it, as that would bore me. I have never ‘established a practice’ as such, or placed artificial constraints on my work. Instead, I turn up every day, I pay attention. I do whatever I see needs doing. The work becomes what it wishes to be. I don’t make grandiose claims for what I do: it is what is it, and despite what I say it is people will either like it, value it, respect it, or not - that bit’s not up to me. I can’t really tell you any more than this. As Christopher Neve puts it in his wonderful book ‘Unquiet Landscape’: ”There is really nothing to be said about pictures because they have their own meaning which will not accept words” "There is no understanding pictures any more than there is understanding the song of the grasshopper or the sound of the sea"
Simon M Smith

Simon M Smith was born in Burnley, in 1957, and studied Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic, Reading University, and the Slade School of Fine Art.

"I try to work in a state of flow, without expectation, where actively ‘not-knowing’ leads to invention, discovery and revelation. This ensures the work I make is authentically my own. The work I make changes from daytoy day, and the fact that I don’t know where I’m going or what I’m doing next is hugely liberating and motivating. It can also be quite terrifying.

I have never ‘found my thing’ and stuck with it, as that would bore me. I have never ‘established a practice’ as such, or placed artificial constraints on my work. Instead, I turn up every day, I pay attention. I do whatever I see needs doing. The work becomes what it wishes to be.

I don’t make grandiose claims for what I do: it is what is it, and despite what I say it is people will either like it, value it, respect it, or not - that bit’s not up to me.

I can’t really tell you any more than this. As Christopher Neve puts it in his wonderful book ‘Unquiet Landscape’:

”There is really nothing to be said about pictures because they have their own meaning which will not accept words”

"There is no understanding pictures any more than there is understanding the song of the grasshopper or the sound of the sea"

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