Top Artist Back To His Best After Stroke With Harrogate Exhibition
One of Yorkshire’s most distinctive artists has battled back from serious illness to stage a new exhibition.
Neil Simone suffered a stroke a couple of years ago, but has made a great recovery and is now back working as hard as ever.
The stroke followed a triple heart bypass 15 years ago, after Neil was diagnosed with coronary heart disease – but whatever life has thrown at the 69-year-old, his love of painting has always seen him through.
Neil Simone’s spectacular one-man show will be staged in the heart of Harrogate’s Montpellier Quarter, at the Sutcliffe Contemporary Gallery from September 17 to October 2 and will showcase Neil’s latest collection of original oils, pre-studies and new signed limited edition giclee prints.
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Neil’s work often focuses on landscapes and then he gives them a surreal twist, so you often wonder exactly what’s in the painting and what’s in the mind.
A Londoner, Neil headed north in 1969, just at the time most people were heading down to a capital city regarded as one of the most creative in the world. Captivated by the beauty and bleakness of the North Yorkshire landscape, Neil has remained here and inspired ever since, living in the Dales.
He is completely self-taught and in revealing exactly what drives him, Neil says “I have tenacity, patience and perseverance allied to an ability to remain focused. Without these qualities I am sure any creative ability I have, would have been crushed long ago”.
Neil has been exhibited at leading galleries throughout Britain, Europe and the USA and everywhere his unique concept and style invariably grabs the attention … and then holds it.
The potency of his imagination and eye for infinite detail, symmetry and balance gives every picture a fascinating sense of ambiguity. Things are often not what they seem at first glance and his paintings can be also open to the interpretation of the viewer!
Neil remains typically enigmatic over the question he’s most often asked – how long does it take for him to do a painting? “Not as long as you think – or possibly longer,” he says with a twinkle in his eye.
The exhibition will be held at the Sutcliffe Contemporary Gallery, 6 Montpellier Street, from Saturday, 17 September to Sunday, 2 October inclusive, 10am to 5pm.
Further information please contact Antonia Sutcliffe phone 01423 525355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring/Summer Newsletter 2016