Photo taken in The Fourth Form Room, Harrow School. Courtesy Alex Chamberlin, 2017.
Simon Page was born in 1962, and grew up in Colchester.
Art Foundation at The Colchester School of Art was followed by a degree in Art and Education at Cambridge University, graduating in 1985. A year on the coast in Devon, at Allhallows School, as Artist in Residence, preceded his appointment at Harrow, where he has lived ever since except for short stints in Islington and Stroud. He was Head of Painting at Harrow School until 2019.
Drawing is central to his work. 'Drawing directly from observation is a reliable pleasure and is a journey of discovery. It has none of the stresses and anxieties of the studio. It is a great way to begin to better understand the motif. The immediacy of the process bypasses the distraction of over-thinking, and connects the eye, brain and hand to the crayon and paper to respond to the scene unfolding, to deliver a record of an encounter between what is sought and what surprises along the way.' (further reading: Joseph O'Neill review)
A recent project was Physical Energy, with two exhibitions in 2018: The OSRG, Harrow School and at Daniel Crouch Rare Books, Bury Street. The work came from his experience of his time at Harrow, and included drawings, paintings and prints. The subject matter is the boys, and the raw and fleeting energy of their adolescence. (Rachel Campbell Johnston review)
He has exhibited in both one man and group shows in London, including The Royal Academy, The Mall Galleries, ICA, London Art Fair, Robert Hall, Daniel Crouch. In recent years he has been the Artist in Residence at Somersault Festival, 2014, and at Wilderness festival, 2015.