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Artist of the Month September 2017 - Simon McWilliams

Friday 1st September 2017 at 9am

Metropolis, Shanghai by Simon McWilliams Image: Metropolis, Shanghai by Simon McWilliams

Simon McWilliams studied painting at the Royal Academy Schools in London. He has received almost 30 awards for his paintings in the last 20 years including the Guinness Award at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and Perpetual Gold and Silver Medals from the Royal Ulster Academy.

Many of his paintings draw on the structural environment of the city, transforming urban surroundings with textured layers of paint and design, to construct a parallel and imagined place. His last three solo shows have been in Santa Fe, Los Angeles, and more recently in his home town of Belfast.

‘Metropolis, Shanghai’ is currently included in the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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