Catching the Waves
Simeon Stafford (born 1956)
Oil on Canvas
Size (inches): 30 (h) x 40 (w) inches
Size (cm): 76.2 (h) x 101.6 (w) cm
Simeon Stafford was born in Dukinfield in 1956 and relocated to Cornwall in 1996. At the of age of 14 he met L.S Lowry who encouraged him to paint, and soon became a family friend, swell as a constant source of inspiration to him. Stafford's work is not 'heavy,' we see no dark overcast days, political content or deep soul searching angst. He says 'we have enough that in the world of news today.' No, Stafford's world of pictorial imagery is a world of humour and fun, an essence of spontaneity that is joyfully translated to the viewer. Simeon Stafford is an observer of life, his paintings are crammed full of incidents and accidents, bustling scenes of human interaction, a happy dialogue of work and play. Simeon Stafford's subjects include docks and their workers, holiday seaside scenes and streets crammed with children playing. There is a nostalgic echo to these paintings that each and every one of us can identify with, an essence that captures the excitement and expectation, of any old day seen through a child's eyes. Simeon has had exhibitions throughout the country and has had paintings in the Royal Academy Summer Show. His work is in numerous private collections including Her Majesty The Queen and Tony Blair.