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waking city

waking city
4th August - 4th September 2021

This new exhibition of paintings by Simon Rivett continues to explore the urban environment where Simon has made his home in the last few years. A city slowly picking up pace and returning to its normal vibrant state after months of an uncharacteristic sleeping state. A waking city. “This group of paintings is not a social reflection on these past months. What I am seeking here, when using Edinburgh as a motif, are particular elements, abstract components that allow me to play and make my works my own.” Characteristics such as dark shadows, bright sunlight, spaces glimpsed between buildings or reflected in the glass of windows. The play of shapes and lines, triangles, squares and rectangles found in doorways, windows. The ephemera of city signs and traffic controls. He is using the drama of Edinburgh’s domes and spires, its majestic historical landmarks. The contrasts between newer buildings and the medieval city. All these elements are the visual raw materials, the ingredients for the fun and the challenges to be found in the processes of making his art.

Exhibition Images

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Simon Rivett

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

Simon Rivett trained at Goldsmiths College in London and gained a BA (Honours) in Fine Art. He has been painting landscape from his days as a student, painting the declining industrial landscape of his home in Newcastle, living and working in Lewis and exploring the unique rural landscape of the Outer Hebrides, before moving recently to live in Edinburgh.

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, the gentle hills of Cumbria and Northumberland, or the urban city environment, 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.