Portrait Simon James im Rahmen von TEDxTUM
"Simon James is a visual artist who combines the two disciplines of painting and sculpture into one rhythmic process that he calls ‘Two-dimensional Sculpture’.
After leaving art college in 1987, Simon spent two productive years in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north of England, painting portraits and figure studies of local residents. After this period, he left the UK to travel and arrived in Munich for the first time in October 1989. He painted copies of old masters on the streets to finance his journey and at the same time learned about their technique and use of color.
In 1992, he was one of the first artists to take a studio at Domagk Ateliers in Munich, which was to become the largest artist community in Europe, before it was mostly demolished in 2012. He took part in the first Open Ateliers with an installation work which used found objects painted and placed in the studio. The exhibit could only be viewed through a small letterbox-size opening. This marked the beginning of his interest in involving the observer more intimately into his work.
Simon lives and works in Munich. His recent exhibitions include solo events at the Praterinsel and Max-Planck-Institute. He continues to show his work at his studio at the Wiede-Fabrik in Munich."