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home • land • rhythm

home • land • rhythm
7th October - 28th October 2017

In his second major solo exhibition with Doubtfire, Simon Rivett return to his childhood home to revisit the sites of his earliest works, painting landscape on the border between Cumbria, Northumberland and the North Pennines. The resulting collection builds on his earlier work, both in Iceland and the Hebrides, in exploring the relationship between people and the land and how it have been shaped by weather, agriculture and land management over thousands of years. Simon produces masterful work with an immense depth of feeling. “Moving away from direct representation, the visual rhythms in the landscapes I create are a nod to my inspirations and influences from music and the arts. Always reflecting the fun and sheer joy of the acts of observing, analysing and painting.”

Exhibition Pics

(Click on thumbnails to view. Images record the full catalogue shown during the exhibition dates.)

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Simon Rivett

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Simon Rivett has been painting landscape since 1988, from his days as a student at Goldsmith’s College, London painting the declining industrial landscape of his home in Newcastle, to the last twenty three years spent living in and exploring the unique rural landscape of the Outer Hebrides.

He says "I like to take time to look beyond the obvious and understand the depth of this landscape, to interpret its subtle moods and to see the interactions between its different aspects."

Whether Simon is painting mountains in Iceland, the peaty moorland of Lewis, or the gentle hills of Cumbria and Northumberland, the graphic rhythms and components of these lands are captured in harmony with Simon's painterly skills using oil, pigment, watercolour, turpentine, wax and sand, bringing the composition of the land to life.

Foundation Course, Central School of Art & Design, London

BA (Honours) Fine Art, University of London, Goldsmiths College

Creative Scotland Award 2013