Born in London in 1946, Simon Garrow now lives with his family near Windsor in the United Kingdom. He is a painter, illustrator, animator and musician and his work has received international acclaim. Simon studied Fine Art at The Byam Shaw School of Art and The Royal Academy in London.
Media: Oil, Watercolour, Acrylic and Collage
Rates as one of the top ten contemporary British artists, Simon’s paintings are sought after internationally. Apart from private collectors, his paintings are sold at Christies and Sotherby’s auction houses in the United Kingdom and Whytes in Ireland. Simon has had numerous commissions including those from The Victoria and Albert Museum and The National Trust and his work featured in a film by Ridley Scott.
Simon paints in a variety of styles ranging from abstract through still life and landscape to satirical social scenes of theatre audiences, pubs and dinner parties. The breadth of his expressiveness in paint, display a distinctive versatility, energy and mischievousness. Each vibrant work exhibits a rare strength, calmness and humour.
Among the artists he admires and who have influenced Simon’s artistic career he would highlight Bruegel, Chardin and Daumier,
Simon has exhibited his work worldwide including Minories, Royal Academy, Royal College of Art, Sally Hunter, New Grafton Gallery, Luxtors Art Centre, Holland Gallery, England and Co, The Gallery Reigate, Frederick Gallery, Dublin.
Permanent exhibitions are at Amersham Hospital and Roughwood Farmhouse in Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire ,
His best selling book, The Amazing Adventure of Dan the Pawn, which he wrote and illustrated was published by Batsford in the U.K and Simon and Schuster in the States.
Simon also illustrated the entire AtoZeasy Reading System and has combined his artistic, musical and creative talents to produce animated teaching films.
Simon’s hobbies include sport and music and he played the oboe and CorAnglais in a semi-professional capacity and has played with orchestras such as The Royal Opera House Orchestra, The Brent Symphony Orchestra, The East Surrey Symphony Orchestra and The Fulham Municipal Orchestra. He writes, composes and arranges music, has acted, written and directed his own plays.
He has taught art, English at Sussex House in the UK and has run drama workshops in UK and at Kinaird College in Pakistan.