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Ron Sims: Inspiration

Some words about the key inspirations and influences on my personal artistic development

2000

Recent painting and print developments come from using contemporary photo images collaged into hard-edge designs.

Political and subconscious ideas now add to and expand the themes and titles.

The nature of my visual imagination and what is understood as art has also been enhanced by my writing about and appreciating Conceptual Art

1990

Main images explore the addition of interiors and backgrounds

1980

Joint, twin and group images designed. Use of abstract colour schemes often with cut linear stencils. Also image and car forms

1970

Animals and other species designs added to the human head ideas. Linear rectangle approach adopted to explore tonal and colour schemes

1968

A mind-boggling visit to the Chelsea Teaching Hospital to view an anatomy and dissections first hand (inspiring me to further explore structure and internal forms, similar to the works of sculptor Henry Moore)

1967

Royal Academy Schools (3-year Postgraduate, proposed by John Nash and Edward Bawden): pulling all my ideas together and refining my intentions for development; and discussions with other students + Edward Bawden (my tutor), William Scott, Peter Coker and Roderic Barrett

1965

Manchester College of Art (1-year Postgraduate): producing commissions including murals and altar-pieces + meeting David Hockney, Allen Jones and Norman Adams

1963

Colchester: my ideas being scrutinised by tutors Humphrey Spender, John Addyman, Peter Blake and Eduardo Paollozzi

1961

Colchester School of Art, Foundation course: (words of wisdom from Max Brooker) - refining my visual thoughts towards landscape and still-life

1957 - 60

Making studies in oil of Vermeer's spatial interiors (14 - 17yrs)

1957

My imagining the studio atmosphere and thoughts about the possibility of an artistic career while looking at an article about Pietro Annigoni's Portrait of the Queen! (14yrs)

1956

Seeing my pictures shown on Adrian Hill's BBC programme 'Sketch Club' (13yrs of age)

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