I am a self-taught artist, influenced by surrealism, lowbrow, fantasy, street and pop art, tattoos, comic books and death.  I painted sporadically when I was young. In 2008 I experienced the death of my soul-mate, and as a consequence of this encountered the visionary artist S V Mitchell.  These two events were pivotal in the development of my art. 

I became inspired to paint in earnest and since then I have painted continually, as a matter of necessity and compulsion. I have tried to do this with humour, satire and irony, colourfully, inquisitively and spirituality. 

I try to keep a balance in my art, to show the light as well as the darkness, the light within ourselves as well as the light within the shadows of the world.  And all the while I have wondered as I work, was it meant to be this way?  Am I, are we, here now, in this place and time, through fate or fickle fortune, by accident, or design?    
Of all the images in my work, it is the clown that represents me most.  He appeared first in my paintings as a symbol of death, then of grief and loneliness, then finally, of myself.  He wanders through my canvases, through living rooms and lunatic asylums, looking for… what? His very presence poses a question that only the observer can answer. 
I predominantly worked in acrylics, on all sizes of canvas, though recently have moved to oils. 

Simon Griffiths