Recent works by Simon Stone
From February 3 to March 10, 2018, SMAC Gallery will present a solo exhibition of recent works by leading contemporary South African artist Simon Stone.
Simon Stone is recognised as one of South Africa’s finest painters. Working predominantly in oils, he can be described as a lyrical and narrative Neo-Expressionist. Austere and delicate, his paintings revel in an exploration of colour, form, and composition and are unashamedly traditional – with a twist. They possess an aura of alterity and anonymity, whilst appearing routinely familiar. The artist creates a semi-surrealist, alternative world around habitually solitary figures; beautifully painted and layered with complex meaning, recurring motifs, personal metaphysics and a strange sense of the mundane. His paintings have been described as “seductive” and “enticing”.
Having originally graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1976, Stone later continued his education in Italy. Since 1978, he has exhibited widely, both locally and abroad. Considered the poet of inner-city Johannesburg, Stone was an important influence on and part of a generation of painters during the halcyon era of South African art during the eighties and nineties.
July 16, 2019