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Simon Averill lives and works in Cornwall. His paintings are informed and motivated by his response to light and a compulsion to record the fleeting and transitory effects of light on his immediate surroundings. The experience of being in a certain place will mark itself indelibly on Averill’s conscious – resulting in a methodical and repetitive series of motifs, which describe the intangible effects of light in varying degrees of diffraction, reflection and distortion.
“I’m trying to imagine light as something tangible; as if you could pick it up and hold it in the palm of your hand. It feels like the territory where the real and the imagined co-exist. The work engages with the uncertainty and fallibility of perception and the senses. I’m also interested in memory and misremembering, and how all these factors come into play when making a painting.”
Averill was born in Brighton in 1961. He studied Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic and graduated with Honours. In 1986 he established a Printmaking Workshop near Penzance, Cornwall, which he ran until 1990. Since 1989 he has lectured at Falmouth University, where he is now a senior lecturer, specialising in painting and drawing. He has been a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists since the late 1980s and has been exhibiting his paintings extensively in the UK, Europe and USA since 1984.
Averill has exhibited widely with solo exhibitions around the UK, and he has featured in a number of selected exhibitions, including the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show, The Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries, Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, Sherborne House, Plymouth Museum, Plymouth Arts Centre, Truro Museum, Falmouth Art Gallery, Newlyn Art Gallery and the Festival Hall in Chicago, USA