Painter Simon Ledson is well known for his stunning Timescape paintings of the Somerset Levels. Simon’s ‘Timescapes’ explore the visual perception of atmospheric changes, the reflection of light on a landscape or seascape. Simon is particularly captivated by the effect of the nautical dawn, the time at which there is enough sunlight for the horizon and some objects to be distinguishable; when the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon in the morning.
Simon’s latest mixed media works take a fresh, colourful turn for the artist, inspired by his recent placement with artist Naomi Frears at the St Ives School of Painting. Simon’s new works originate from his past; from memories, places and experiences. In them he explores fundamental questions about our place in nature and nature’s place in us and the ambiguous boundary between relationships, nature and culture.
Simon lives and works in Somerset. Originally trained as a graphic designer and illustrator, Simon completed an MA in Fine at the University of the West of England, gaining a distinction for his work. Simon has exhibited his work nationally since completing his MA. He won the Quartz Art Festival Public Choice Award and the Black Swan Open Arts Award in 2010.