Simon Holland

Technical Tutor: Digital Media, Sessional Lecturer in Games Design, lecturer in 3D Production for Animation, UCA Rochester

Technical Staff,

Simon Holland is a fine artist, illustrator and CG artist currently living and working in Rochester, Kent.

He has studied at the Kent Institute of Art and Design (Canterbury) where he specialised in fine art and Digital 3D Design at the University for the Creative Arts (Rochester) where he diversified his technical, conceptual skills and experimented with animation, environment, prop and character design.

Simon has been a Technical Tutor since 2011 but has also taught as a sessional lecturer on Computer Animation Arts, Games Design and Illustration and Animation at the UCA Rochester and Canterbury campuses. He has also worked with Outreach and Widening Participation departments delivering workshops to schools and summer school delegates.

In his spare time Simon is also a freelance illustrator, CG artist, and videographer. During his time at UCA he has also achieved his PGCERT in Creative Arts Education and Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy as well as a variety of professional awards such as completion of The CGMA course in Architectural Design, Solidworks and After Effects training and a myriad of CPD courses from Lynda, Digital Tutors, Gnomon and the Masterclass series.

Simon creates mixed media artworks, paintings, drawings and films inspired by the notions of narrative and spatiality. By putting the viewer on the into discordant environments, Holland creates work through immediate processes which can be seen explicitly as a personal exorcism ritual.

His mixed media artworks are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multi-layered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By referencing romanticism, psycho-geography, expectations and symbolism, he often creates several diverse works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested: notes are made and then crossed out again, ‘mistakes’ are repeated and treasured.

By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, he tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, racial memories and implied narratives incite the viewer to make new personal associations.

His works establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine mans impact. By applying abstraction, he tries to create works in which the actual event still must take place or just has ended: moments evocative of atmosphere and suspense that are part of a narrative thread. The drama unfolds elsewhere while the build-up of tension is frozen to become the memory of an event that laden with potentiality.

By choosing mainly formal solutions, he investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. The artist also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous loss.

His works isolate the movements of humans the weather and the environment itself. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and space.

His works are given improper functions: significations are inversed and form and content merge. Shapes are dissociated from their original meaning, by which the system in which they normally function is exposed. Initially unambiguous meanings are shattered and disseminate endlessly. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, he uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many techniques and preconceptions. The work incorporates time as well as space – a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit.

Simon is a finalist of the John Bird Art Prize and a double Platinum and Gold winner of Brush Masters Awards. He has also exhibited his work in group shows in Farnham, Epsom, Maidstone, Rochester and Canterbury as well as having solo shows at the Fishslab Gallery in Whitstable and the New Kent Gallery in Broadstairs. He is currently preparing to exhibit at the Urban Art Fair in Brixton and a return solo show at the Fishslab Gallery.

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