SHIRLEY HANNAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT AWARD FINALIST
BEGA VALLEY REGIONAL GALLERY, NSW 2014
Chosen as a finalist for my portrait of Andy Lee, Yippeee!
SALON DES REFUSES 2013 EXHIBITION- ANDY LEE PORTRAIT CHOSEN
AS PART OF THE BLACK SWAN PRIZE FOR PORTRAITURE
@The Naked Fig, 278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne
LINTON & KAY GALLERY
BLACK SWAN PRIZE FOR PORTRAITURE EXHIBITION 2012
One of the lucky finalists..yay..for my portrait of Pete Murray!
BLACK SWAN PRIZE FOR PORTRAITURE FINALIST 2012 .. for the portrait of ‘Pete Murray’
PAINTING PETE IN THE STUDIO
AUSTRALIAN ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
From an early age Sim has been painting colourful portraits of her friends and family. With limited time on her hands she only managed to splash out a few paintings here and there. But in recent times she finds herself lucky enough to be painting those faces of friends, family and unknown souls as her full time profession.
One of Sim's early solo exhibitions was 'Face to Face', which was exactly this, portraits of her friends, family and people she bumped into along the way. “All these faces around you are a collaboration of close friends of mine, family, nomads and random strangers of this world.. who I’ve met along the way. Some are made up, some are real, some are from photo’s I’ve taken and others just a mix of the lot. I love colour and people and to be able to express these inspirations through paint excites me. I like how you can capture moments in time and they are captured forever- through paint and through the faces of the world. The moment is never lost that way. enjoy! “
An extremely successful exhibition, selling 20+ paintings gave Sim a head start into a full time career of painting. After this exhibition Sim found herself with ceaseless requests for painting commissions, ranging from portraits of family, friends and animals to landscapes and figurative/ modern works for homes, shops, offices and corporate interiors. Working from one commissioned painting to the next, with exhibitions in between, Sim is happily living out her childhood dream.
Metro 5 Art Finalist, Sim Campbell-Pope
Recognised as an artist of beautiful craftsmanship, Sim Campbell-Pope is quickly establishing herself as one of Australia's
up and coming artists. Sim is devoted full time to exploring her artistic endeavours with hard work and determination.
A Kaleidoscope of Colours
by Dionne Tindale, Methodist Ladies College Magazine
KEEP A LOOK OUT FOR THE ARTWORK OF SIM CAMPBELL-POPE ('98) - IT'S EYE-CATCHING, COLOURFUL AND ECLECTIC AND FEATURES THE FACES OF FRIENDS, FASHION AND CULTURE.
Hailing from an artistic background - her sister trained at The Royal Ballet School and her grandmother was an artist - Sim received encouragement as an artist from a young age. "My parents were really supportive of my interest in art and they were helpful as I embarked on my career." Sim said. "The art teachers at MLC were also supportive and encouraging, particularly Mr Garde, who was great. My friend and I used to go to the art department at lunch hour sometimes. It was such a peaceful place to be up there overlooking the river. I loved it," she said.
After leaving MLC, Sim took up formal training in Art and Design, Graphic Design and Multimedia Design, prior to moving to London on a working holiday which involved employment in a magazine publishing company, utilising her design, illustration and photography skills.
When her art graced the cover of a London magazine in early 2005, a raft of commissioned work followed, including artworks for the internationally renowned magazine Dazed & Confused. "The exposure I received from my work being on the cover of the magazine really helped me to move into painting, which I have always loved. It was great to get commissioned work and and focus on painting, felt right," Sim said.
After returning to Perth later in 2005, Sim held her first solo exhibition at Little Creatures, followed by a second solo exhibition at Soto in late 2006. From the latter exhibition she picked up an abundance of commissions, from friends and the wider public. Currently Sim paints full time, and works to commissions, from her residence in Eagle Bay. She sells her works nationally and internationally. "I'm thrilled to be able to paint full time. I'm continually inspired by people who buy my pieces, and the positive comments also give me the confidence to keep doing what I'm doing," she said.
"Because I never received formal training in fine art, I'm still experimenting with different styles, from figurative, to impressionistic, to realistic- I'm mixing it up all the time. My second exhibition focused on portraits and a lot of my commissioned pieces have been portraits, which I really enjoy creating. For now I am going to continue painting and undertaking commissioned work. I plan to keep experimenting and continuing to exhibit, and I hope that will lead to my art becoming more eminent."
"It's nice to sit down to work every day and enjoy what I do. I love painting."
Faces supply Colour
by Emma Brennan, Guardian Express, October 31- November 6, 2006
Facial expressions have always fascinated Claremont artist Sim Campbell-Pope. Whether it's a smile, a frown or a grimace, the 25-year-old self-taught artist will capture the mood perfectly in her trademark colourful paintings.
A collection of 25 of Campbell- Pope's vibrant modern portraits is on show in Face to Face at Soto Expresso, Highgate until November 7. The works, either oil or acrylic on canvas, capture her fascination with faces of the world and moments in time.
"Ever since I was young I have always painted faces," she said. "I concentrate on mouths and eyes, which are the most expressive features," she said. "All of the faces in the exhibition are a collaboration of close friends of mine, family and random strangers of this world that I've met along the way. Some are made up, some are real, some are from photos I've taken and others are just a mix of the lot."
She always starts by taking a photograph of her subject an then paints from various images, often changing the expression or adding details. Her subjects were delighted with her interpretations. Campbell-Pope's paintings bear testament to her love of bright colours. She gains inspiration from fashion, music, people and parties and enjoys expressing her inspirations through paint.
"I like how you can capture moments in time through paint and through faces," she said. "They are captured forever- the moment is never lost that way." For her next body of work she is turning her attention to cows and other animals, still concentrating on their faces.
Campbell-Pope's paintings have sold nationally and internationally and she recently has been asked to exhibit in Tokyo, where she will produce more fashion and pop art. She honed her skills and gained inspiration working in magazine publishing in London, touring the globe and studying and freelancing in Perth. Although focusing on her design, illustration and photography, Campbell-Pope has also written editorials and reviews for several publications.
Her artwork featured on the cover of London's South West Magazine in January 2005, and photograph on their website. Contact Campbell-Pope at http://www.simcampbell-pope.com.
Facing up a natural expression
FACIAL expressions have always fascinated Claremont artist Sim Campbell-Pope. Whether it is a smile, a frown or a grimace, the 25- year old self taught artist will capture the mood in her trademark colourful paintings.
A collection of 25 of Campbell- Pope’s portraits is on show in Face to Face at Soto Espresso, Highgate, until November 7. The works, either oil or acrylic on canvas, capture her fascination with faces of the world and moments in time.
“Ever since I was young I have always painted faces,” she said. “I concentrate on mouths and eyes, which are the most expressive features. “All of the faces in the exhibition are a collaboration of close friends of mine, family and random strangers of this world that I’ve met along the way. Some are made up, some are real, some are from photo’s I’ve taken and others just a mix of the lot.”
Campbell- Pope loves bright colours and is inspired by fashion, music, people and parties. She enjoys expressing her inspirations through paint. “I like how you can capture moments in time through paint and through faces,” she said.