A childhood spent in the jungles of South America, the cultural centers of Europe, and the mountains of Southern China, have all combined to shape the creative vision of British-born artist, Simon Bull, who has since become one of the world’s most compelling living artists. His work is collected by royalty, presidents, and celebrities, as well as, a growing number of private collectors.
Throughout his student years, his art was exhibited in one-man shows, the first of which was in Hong Kong, and group exhibits, including the Royal Academy in London. Many prestigious shows followed, including a major retrospective at Harrods in London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York; San Francisco, California; Bologna, Spain and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
While still at art school he married Joanna, his childhood sweetheart. Simon Bull studied Fine Art in England, graduating with honors in 1980. As time passed the economic challenges that faced the growing family were many, but always there would be some buyer who saved the day, some last minute commission that turned up.
During the late seventies and early eighties the skills in printmaking that he acquired at art school and which had especially fascinated him began to pay dividends. He sold his first three editions to Pallas Gallery in London and then entered a relationship with London Contemporary Art who sold out many of his meticulously worked multi-plate etching editions.
He gained early recognition for his finely worked etchings and watercolors; but during the early nineties his work took an explosive new direction with vibrant colors and bold, expressive compositions. This new ability to speak through color is what has brought widespread international acclaim to his work and also became his signature style, making his work instantly recognizable.
Throughout this period Simon painted the world around him. Traveling extensively to the East, he trekked with his paints through the foothills of the Himalayas, toured the Mediterranean and spent many weeks painting the hills of the English Lake District where he and Joanna later made their family home for many years. Increasing interest in his work among American collectors led him to California in 2003, where he now lives and paints from his studio in the beautiful Monterey Bay area.
“If I can touch a life, if through my paintings I can show something previously unseen, if I can reveal something old in a new way, if I can enrich a soul on its journey into the eternal, then my painting, my living, has not been in vain.”
Commissions / Accolades
2000- Fine Art Trade Guild Artist Print Award Winner (as the top-selling print artist in England)
2002 - Named the official artist for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics
2003 and 2004 he became the first British artist to win the prestigious U.S. National Association of Limited Edition Dealers Print of the Year award, first for “The Journey Never Ends”, and the following year for “Bird of Paradise”.
During his career, his work has been introduced by Randy Jackson of American Idol, unveiled in New York by Donald Trump, and featured on ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition as well as MTV Cribs and Shop NBC.
In early 2005, he was diagnosed and successfully treated for colon cancer and has used his talent to support various causes, including work with the American Cancer Society, the Ventana Wilderness Society, and Ronald McDonald House Charities – Donald Trump & Princess Sarah Ferguson, the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center and the Mo Farah Foundation among many others. He is honored to paint for the Houston Chapter of the American Heart Association in February 2015 and donate 100% of the proceeds for the painting.
2007-The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville Kentucky commissioned Simon to paint a series of portraits to document the story of World Champion boxer Muhammad Ali. A permanent exhibit of Simon’s Ali works is on display at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville KY.
2009 -Muhammad and Lonnie Ali commissioned him to paint three joint portraits of Muhammad Ali and Barak Obama, which were to be the Ali’s inauguration gift to the new President. Two of these were unveiled at the Kentucky Bluegrass Ball by actress Ashley Judd, on the eve of the inauguration of President Barak Obama in Washington DC.
2012- Mo Farah Foundation commissioned Simon to create a dramatic portrait of Olympic 10,000 meter gold medalist Mo Farah.
- Muir Fine Art Gallery – Houston, Texas
- Park West Gallery – Miami, Florida/Southfield, Michigan
September 1, 2015
American Heart Association - Houston Heart Ball
"Have a Heart" Featured Artist
February 9 - March 31, 2015