One look at his website, and you could be forgiven for wondering who Simon Cooper is, as there’s no reference whatever to his name. He styles himself “JourneyBoy” , (all of his artwork is signed thus), and he is equally enigmatic about his background or on letting us see his face. However, Simon was born in Manchester, currently lives in Cheadle in the south of the city, and is presently working on paintings that include some local landscape features.
His works reflect his deep interest in ancient standing stones and places, and the new works featured on his website gallery are based on the stone circles of Callanish. His colours are soft, effusive and fugitive, and seem to the observer to reflect a deep sense of the mysticism and spirituality of places. Simon says of his work:
“The more I paint these stones, the more I want to paint them – though its not easy to convey textured oil paint as solid rock, grooved and weathered, curved and angular – yet I wish to combine what has already inspired myself in previous works with what intrigues and fascinates me today. To mix emotional intensity, colour and symbols of ancient mystery that are secrets within us all – to make sense of past and present – for the future.”
It’s only recently that paintings containing stones as a central part of the landscape/mindscape theme have appeared in his work. He maintains that years of research – reading books, (not always about stones, but relative; interlinked and connected), visiting sites and observing the ceremonial landscape – have ultimately percolated through and gradually emerged in his work. An extensive gallery of these intriguing paintings can be found on his website, where many of the works presented are offered on sale.
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