Simon B. Hodges
This website is designed as an introduction with contact details, dates of exhibitions and details of outlets where original work is on display and for sale.
Aug; Returned from Paris and Venice with sketches. Completing commissions and new work going to Castle Gallery. Thinking about how to develop new, bigger work. Not happy with current results.
Welcome to my personal digitalized sketchbook of drawings, paintings, events and ideas materializing from Hillview Studio in Larkhall, Bath.
I was born in Mitcham in London and have loved sketching and painting for as long as I can remember. So much so that when I was very young I was featured several times in local newspapers sketching at public events and held impromptu sketching classes to friends. I am more self-conscious about this now! Nevertheless, I went to university in Cardiff to study architecture and then worked in London, Bath, Frome, Oxford and Yeovil as both a job architect, an associate and eventually as a Partner. Most of my architectural work was for schools (including The Royal School and Kingswood School in Bath, Marlborough College and Bath University) and hospitals (including Taunton,Yeovil and Exeter.) However work also included small house extensions (including Hillview Studio-see images,) offices, hotels, libraries and a mosque. In 1983 I got married and two years later we moved to our current house in Larkhall on the east side of Bath.
By 1999 the lure of brush and pencil became greater than that of computers, committees, health and safety and all the stress that came with it and with the encouraging comments of both friends and professionals and after a few false starts I began a new vocation as a landscape painter.
Apart form the early influences of an enthusiastic art teacher at Wimbledon College, my own technique is largely self-taught from numerous visits to art galleries, reading about various artists and much trial and error rather than any formal training. After loving the art work of Roger Dean, studying the work of J.M.W. Turner and the watercolourists of the 18th & 19th centuries was my first real lasting influence but I now admire aspects of both the oil paintings of 'The Old Masters' as well as that of the later 'Impressionists.' Whilst this covers a wide range of artistic endeavour, my own interest now lies in the 'impressionist' sketch of that which we experience directly from nature (en pleine aire) to the 'impressionist' studio sketch working up an idea and a composition and finally the finished work. The finished work can often be no more than 'studio sketch' but in the end I am happy when the finished painting reflects the original atmosphere I experienced of the place being depicted. My technique, I hope, will constantly evolve, but capturing the atmosphere of a place and quality of light is the goal and finding my own 'voice' is an on-going journey which will only end when I eventually run out of steam.
Working on a piece of work is always dictated by time, practicalities and mood and therefore my way of working is varied. It will usually involve taking memories and sketches (drawings, paintings, photographs) back to the studio but it may very occasionally mean completing a piece of work 'en-pleine aire' and sometimes it is a combination of the two methods. I have no problem with the use of photography as an efficient method of recording information but I do so because time is often too short to do otherwise. Currently I work in charcoal, pastel, watercolour, acrylic and oil but more recently I have begun using a mixture of media. The City of Bath and even Larkhall are a constant inspiration given the quality of architecture; the light that plays on it and the fact that both places are on the doorstep, but travel, changing seasons and variable weather give me many sources of material. Thankfully, the difficulty is always choosing what to paint in the limited time available.
I've now been a member of SAA (Society for All Artists- see www.saa.co.uk ) for a number of years as I am always happy to talk to people interested in seeing how other artist's work. I always emphasise that I am not a teacher of technique as there are those much better equipped to do this. However, I am happy to discuss my approach to painting and to show work at various stages of completion. I would to say here that the best thing about painting is certainly not the blank canvas or sheet of paper and it is not the finished painting or even the final sale. No it is that elusive 'zone' in the painting process that I lose myself in and that keeps me sane although a good conclusion and my passion for my garden does help.
As for showing my work, I have made it a rule to never make overtures to any gallery but let them approach me if they see something that inspires them. I know, from experience, that they have many artists approaching them all the time. Early on I organised my own exhibitions and nowadays submit work to national exhibitions to reach a wider audience but enjoy working with galleries that invite me and like what I do. To date and to my knowledge, paintings have gone to small private collections in Australia, USA, Europe, Asia and South Africa. For details of societies & galleries where work can currently be seen, please go to my Gallery and Exhibition sections or read my latest update. For more details about my background up until now go to my curriculum vitae.
Finally, I am one of a growing group of artists in Larkhall and open up my own studio(s) and garden annually during The Larkhall Festival held over the first May Bank Holiday each year (see www.larkhallopenstudios.com). All are welcome to visit and have a chat.
If you would like to know more or would like to visit my studio, just drop me a line at anytime to email@example.com. I prefer email to telephones but just reach me anyway you can.
All the best
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1977-81 Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff
B.sc Architectural Science 1st Class Honours
B.Arch (Wales) Distinction
1992-1993 West of England University, Bristol
M.Sc Construction Management
1978 Winner of Welsh Measured Drawing Competition
1979 Represented Welsh School of Architecture in National Drawing Competition
1979-80 Architectural Practice in Wimbledon. Work on mosques, offices and private houses
1981-82 Architectural Practice in Victoria, London. Work on hotels and private houses
1984 Architects Registration Council of The United Kingdom
1985 Royal Institute of British Architects
1983-1991 Bath & Frome Architectural Practice (Associate & Partner) Clients included The Royal School, Kingswood School, Monkton School and Park School in Bath; Marlborough College; Clayesmore School; The American Museum, Bath; Norland Nursery Training College, Hungerford and Bath University
1993-1996 Yeovil, Oxford & London Architectural Practice (Associate) Clients included Yeovil Hospital; Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton and Exeter Hospital
1996 Winner of Open Design Competition for New Glastonbury Library
1996-1999 Private Architectural Practice and modelmaker (Bath) Schools, private houses, commercial and hospital.
2000 onwards- Invited artist at Le Corre Gallery, Bradford on Avon
2009 Highly Commended in Bath Prize Competition, The Octagon, Bath
2010 SAA Artist of The Year winner in The Building Category
2010 Highly Commended in Bath Prize Exhibition, The Octagon, Bath
2010 Invited artist at Bath Gallery, Bath
2010/11 Invited artist at LeFort Gallery, Bath
2011-2016 Overall coordinator of Larkhall Open Studio Trail
2014 Winner of Escoda Barcelona Award for an outstanding landscape at Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, The Mall Galleries, London.
2014 onwards- Invited artist at Castle Fine Art, Bath
2015 onwards- Invited artist at Widbrookgrange Hotel, Bradford on Avon
2016 Invited to join Mall Gallery Artist website
National Childrens' Drawing Competition (London); National Architectural Student Design & Drawing Exhibition (London); Bath Library; Bradford on Avon Library; Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition (Architecture); Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition (Art); Le Corre Gallery (Bradford on Avon); Castle Fine Art Gallery (Bath); Sadler Gallery (Wells); First Sight Gallery (Bath); Bath Society Open Exhibition (Victoria Gallery,Bath); No.1 The Royal Crescent Shop(Bath); The Royal Crescent Hotel (Bath); The Theatre Royal (Bath); The Grant Bradley Gallery (Bristol); The Bath Gallery; The Octagon, Bath; Building of Bath Museum Collection; Larkhall Artists' Winter Show; LeFort Gallery, Bath; The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition (The Mall Galleries, London); Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Annual Exhibition (The Mall Galleries, London); The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition (The Mall Galleries); New English Art Club Annual Exhibition (The Mall Galleries, London.)
2003 "A Moment in Time" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2004 "In a Different Light" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2005 "Drawing on Bath" (The Theatre Royal, Bath)
2005 "Changing Moods" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2006 "A Further Step" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2007 "All about Bath" (The Theatre Royal, Bath)
2007 "Drawn to Water" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2008 "An Architect's Eye" (West Barn, Bradford on Avon)
2008 "St. Michael's & The City" (St. Michael's Church, Bath)
2009 "A Bath for All Seasons" (The Theatre Royal, Bath)
2009 onwards- Open Studio at Hillview Studio, Bath
2013 "Larkhall at night" (Larkhall)
2013 "Britain" at LeCorre Gallery
Work in private collections in UK, USA, Australia, Denmark, France, Asia, South Africa; 30 charcoals for Rode Manor House; local newspapers and magazines; cards and limited edition prints including No.1, The Royal Crescent, The Theatre Royal and The Royal Pharmaceutical Society.Back to beginning
Invited artist. New paintings in gallery.
Invited artist and gallery that frames most of work. Various new work of Bradford Avon, National Trust properties and other British subjects.
A collection of paintings illustrating local scenes hanging in reception rooms. Visit for drink, a meal or to stay.
WIDBROOKGRANGE Trowbridge Road, Bradford on Avon. BA15 1UH. Tel. 01225 864750. www.widbrookgrange.co.uk.
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New work and information about the artist can be found in the following galleries and art groups:
Studio of artist. By appointment only at a convenient time;
Small amount of early finished work unframed and framed on display.
Small groups welcome to discuss work & see what goes on behind the finished work.
Hillview Studio, 12 Hillview Road, Larkhall. Bath. BA1 6NX.
Tel: 01225 331448
Invited Artist to Gallery; Main outlet for finished oils, acrylic and charcoals of Bath and London.
Tel: 01225 789298
Invited Artist to gallery & framer to artist; Main outlet for framed and unframed finished watercolours, charcoals, acrylics and oils of a variety of places other than Bath and London.
The Tithe Barn Workshop, Barton Farm, Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LF
Tel: 01225 868661
Invited artist who's work is hung in reception rooms and bars showing the local landscape.
Bradford on Avon.
Tel. 01225 864750
Invited to have artist's website to show new paintings. All for sale through Mall Galleries (not artist.)
www.saa.co.uk - type in Simon Hodges under artist profiles for SAA website. Please note that I cannot update this site as regularly as I would like at the current time
Larkhall Open Studio Trail. Information on local artists and those appearing each first May Bank Holiday on our Art Trail as part of The Larkhall Festival. Website updated annually.
For information about Larkhall Art Trail and other Bath Art Trails held during whole of May.
For further information about the following:
Contact; Simon Hodges at 12 Hillview Road, Larkhall, Bath. BA1 6NX.
Tel: 01225 331448.