One of Britain’s leading contemporary sculptors, Simon Gudgeon has a signature smooth style that wonderfully concentrates spirit and nature. His minimalist, semi-abstract forms depict both movement and emotion of a moment captured with a visual harmony that is unmistakably his own. Working primarily in bronze but with media such as glass and stainless steel, Simon’s work continues to be recognised and collected all over the world.
I like to have a diverse practice; the challenge of new ideas and new subjects is always inspiring and keeps my work fresh. As an artist I do not want to be compartmentalized as a ‘wildlife artist’, an ‘abstract artist’ or a ‘figurative artist’; instead I want the freedom to look at new subjects and new techniques and create art that people can respond to. All my work does, however, have a common theme; they are explorations in abstraction and form; expressions of beauty that appeals to the senses. However the work must have a vitality and emotional appeal beyond that. That appeal must be independent of the object it represents and beyond the element of pure beauty. The object is just a medium for conveying this vitality and emotion.
Making an object that is not essentially utilitarian defines humanity; it is the concept of beauty. A sculpture, on a superficial level must encapsulate beauty; it must uplift the spirit and enhance its surroundings. But on a deeper level it should resonate with the viewer and have a subconscious appeal to their emotions, whether these are the same as the artist intended is not important, what is important is that the viewer connects with the art.