Simon was born in Auckland in 1955 but spent his early childhood growing up amidst what he describes as the ‘paradise of the Kaikoura coastline’ where his father then worked as the editor of the Kaikoura Times. After the family moved to Nelson Simon completed a secondary education at Nelson College which at that time had a strong visual arts department headed by Irvine Major an influential Nelson landscape painter. It was while living in Nelson that Simon developed an early interest in casting techniques experimenting with a collection of lead head nails ruthlessly scavenged from the city’s weathered roofs.
Simon attended the Canterbury School of Fine Arts graduating in 1978 with an honours degree in sculpture under the tutelage of Tom Taylor who ran the sculpture department with Martin Mendelsburg a young American sculptor. The paintings of Don Peebles, who also taught at the school remain an ongoing influence on Simon’s work.
After graduating Simon worked at the Court Theatre in Christchurch as a scenic artist and set designer before traveling to England in 1984 and establishing a bronze casting facility in London called Red Bronze Studio. This facility was reestablished in Oxfordshire in 1993 as Lockbund Sculpture fine art bronze casting and Lockbund Gallery where it continues to thrive.
Simon has maintained his own sculpture practise through this time exhibiting widely. His sculpture, including commissioned works is held in private and public collections throughout Europe. He has maintained his links with New Zealand and over recent summers worked at a studio in Nelson to produce several exhibitions, the most recent being ‘…of his bones…’ held as a pop up event at the studio. This exhibition consists of a selection of those sculptures. Simon is also represented by Orexart in Auckland and Fold Gallery and JGM in London. ( For more information see www.simonallisonsculpture.com )