A Moment In Time
Simon Barlow Artist’s Statement
“Everything that's lovely is
But a brief, dreamy kind of delight.”
– William Yeats.
This body of work is an expression of, or testament to my obsessions -the ancient craft of painting and natural beauty.
Driven by my first encounter with the art of Caravaggio and a compulsion to master my craft is my daily motivation in the studio, and a subconscious instinct and compulsion to capture the beauty of nature, represented by the flower.
It is a trance like process, transforming the every day subject into a monumental image and celebration, to impress the viewer.
My subject becomes the surreal, an ethereal moment in time, in suspended animation, a complex landscape of light and form.
The flower is a powerful image, representing love, life, loss, mortality and culture. Humans and flowers have a complex relationship extending far back into our history, and our fascination with its form and meaning inspires my compositions.