SIMON KENEVAN

SIMON KENEVAN Quay Gallery Guernsey

Simon Kenevan was born in London in 1963, but while he was still a child he moved to the south coast of England. He has fond memories of these idyllic early days, describing himself as self-contained and free-spirited, running barefoot in the sand and climbing trees.
 
Upon leaving school in 1982, Simon joined the crew of a fishing boat, reaffirming his lifelong relationship with the sea. As soon as he had saved enough money he bought a 14ft rowing boat, fulfilling his ambition to work alone – a quality that can be seen in the reflective nature of his paintings. It is this time in his life that he dates as the start of his real love affair with the elements- the inspiring majesty of the sea and the power of the wind.
 
As time passed Simon began to translate some of this experience into artistic compositions and unlocked a rich talent. In 2003 he settled in the USA and a whole new world opened up for him. Here he encountered the “Sublime” movement, which was to have an immense influence on his artistic path. These pioneering 19th century American artists were inspired by the scenic diversity of their vast continent. As Simon says, “I experience the landscape with the same spiritual intensity as these artists did and, like them, I aim to put divine inspiration into every piece of work I produce.”
 
Simon is now creating the finest work of his career and has been named as a finalist in the ‘DeMontfort New Artist Competition 2006’. His inspirational pastel seascapes are sold across Europe and the USA.