Simon Hempsell Contemporary Sculpture | My Work
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about my work

Recent Exhibitions
Doddington Hall
Showborough House
The Chichester Art Trail
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Moncrieff – Bray Gallery
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Sussex Prairie Gardens
Art for Cure
The Savill Garden
West Lavington Manor
Borde Hill Sculpture
Fresh Air Sculpture

Gallerys
Art Parks, Guernsey
Saachi Art

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2018 Exhibition Diary

Born in Yorkshire I studied graphics and photography at Sheffield Polytechnic, moving to the south coast in the 90’s, working for many years as a designer and commercial photographer. Using illustrative techniques learnt during my time as a designer, I designed sculptural concepts purely for pleasure, wanting something to enhance our own garden. It was one of my design clients form the art world that recently encouraged me to pursue my ideas, turning concepts into reality.

 

Pieces are curvaceous, charmingly simple, almost two dimensional, which probably reflects my training as a graphic designer and my beliefs in the ‘less is more’ approach. Most of my sculptures are crafted from sheet steel and stainless steel. I particularly  like the rich warm hues that you get with the more natural rusted finish with pieces being left to oxidise naturally, a process that highlights the intrinsic beauty of the material as the finish evolves with time.

 

I’m at home working with steel and engineering processes and love integrating the latest technology when creating new work. It’s something that’s probably in my blood having grown up near Sheffield, spending my early years tinkering in my grandfather’s engineering workshop and working summer holidays in the steel works whilst studying in Sheffield. I still make frequent visits back to my roots, an area that I have a great affection for, and make use of the local trades in the area wherever possible when creating my work.

 

I’m lucky being invited to exhibit and install my work at some fantastic venues throughout the year and undertake commissions for clients both across the UK and a little farther a field. Please do drop me a note if you would like more details of my work or have ideas of your own.