- About the Event
- David Leyland and Simon Healy join forces to present a unique exhibition bringing together their individual styles and mediums in a collaborative retrospective.
- Event Type
- Mixed Media, Painting/Drawing/Illustration, Photography/Film/New Media
- 01823 400544
- Opening Times
Date Opening Times Sat 7 Closed Sun 8 10:00 - 16:30 Mon 9 10:00 - 16:30 Tue 10 Closed Wed 11 10:00 - 16:30 Thu 12 10:00 - 16:30 Fri 13 10:00 - 16:30 Sat 14 10:00 - 16:30 Sun 15 10:00 - 16:30
- Long Description
Born in Manchester, David trained in Fine Art at Bolton, Rochdale and finally Canterbury Art College where he gained a degree in Fine art and Art History. Although initially trained as a painter David has always had a keen interest in Photography from an early age and people often comment that his photographs resemble paintings in the way they are visualised. After spending several years living and working as a painter and photographer in Wales and then Brittany, France he now works from his studio in Milverton, Somerset.
David’s main love is photography, where he tries to capture the character of the sitter and show the personality of his subjects by getting them at ease in front of the camera and often using personal props such as musical instruments. Although his passion is portraiture David has also had landscape photographs published worldwide in newspapers and magazines such as the Guardian, Times, Daily Mail, New York Post and others, as well as various internet based publications.
Recently David has developed a passionate interest in video, blending his love of music with imagery. He is also a fully licenced drone pilot allowing him to capture stunning aerial footage and stills, enhancing his video and photography work by adding a new perspective to his imagery. In the last year he has been involved in a documentary about the cross channel swimmer Beth French, where he has not only been filming using the drone and taking still images of the swims but also working as a sound recordist. He is available for commissions for all photography work from food, architecture and product photography as well as portraits and landscapes.
Working from a studio in Somerset Simon takes you through a personal journey fusing idea, myth and symbol. His images can fragment and dissolve to reappear in his paintings where the meaning does not always follow a narrative structure.
New themes and iconography grow constantly into his existing body of work. Images and themes occur as familiar characters: the crescent Moon and the Sun, Orion, the strange fractured moon Miranda and the plumed Io; Sirens calling, birds singing, boats as message carriers and the constantly looking face.
An influence on his work is religious iconography given as a child and the dreamlike and terrifying Tiger Balm Gardens in Singapore.
Simon works with paper and various kinds of archive quality board using a variety of media in a search for surfaces that can be drawn, painted, scratched and sometimes cut but still retain the image. Some recent work has been cut and re-sewn together.
Simon studied Fine art at Cumbria College of Art and Winchester school of Art with Heads of Fine Art William Crozier and Gillian Ayres.
He has exhibited in London and open exhibitions since 1981. In 1989 he moved to Wales and exhibited nationally in group exhibitions. He has painted in a studio in Somerset since 2014, and has continued to exhibit in group exhibitions, open studios events and public spaces.
His paintings and Graphic works are in private collections worldwide in particular Japan, and the US.
He has completed film work with Cricklepit Media in Exeter, worked with the BBC in Somerset, the Venture Trust in Scotland, and produced and edited a film for The Welsh Arts Council with Mojas Musicians in West Wales.
- The Orangery, Nynehead Court Residential Home
- Full Disabled Access
- Toilets Available
- Guide Dogs Only
- Light refreshments
- On site.