SIMON BIRD ART
contemporary abstract painting
Landscapes of the Soul
I enjoy working in the instinctive, abstract subconscious.
It's a fluid world of shape, colour, line and association; half dependent upon movement, half on being still and feeling .
There are points of contact with the outside world; obvious strands and moments of inspiration: but mostly it's habitual repetition. In it I find expression, identity, calm and connectivity.
Landscape is my soulmate. Trees, woodland, skies, water, rain, the wind, shifting seasons, seeds, leaves, fungi, mosses - plants of all kind are my inheritance (from my mother); stones, pebbles, rocks and cliffs, a passion for the sea (the gift of my father).
A constant, tactile fascination with place, geology and geography.
In them I find vastness, insignificance, permanence, transience, chance and pattern, creation and destruction. All twins : in each there is the presence of the other. These drive the emotion of my work.
At its heart is a need to escape, to wait and listen and respond; and by looking inwards at my reactions find some kind of freedom and understanding.