Simon Birch is an artist who has productively loitered on the overlap of the contemporary and traditional creation of art. This artist has been one to watch for quite some time, but after coming across his recent stunning Laughing With a Mouth Full of Blood series, we simply could not resist dedicating a special post featuring the insanely talented artist in all his might, Simon Birch.
Simon Birch is an artist from the United Kingdom, currently working in Hong Kong. Having previously worked with monumental installation art and a variety of mixed media, Simon Birch turns to reinvent the traditional oil and canvas approach in his new series, essentially comprising of large scale figurative portrait paintings. His style of painting amplifies his staggering talent and skill, as is evident from the bold and bright color palette he uses in combination with angular, almost geometric style brush strokes. The ‘Laughing with a Mouth Full of Blood’ series is perhaps Simon Birch’s boldest work yet, exhibiting qualities that are risky, technical and conceptual.
In this particular series, Simon Birch attempts to engage his work with fundamental issues regarding “the ways in which our humanity is apprehended and experienced in an increasingly technological world”. This exhibition of Birch’s work is considered to be a most persuasive and eloquent response to art critics who are adamant about their views on demarcating the fine line between painting and installation art.
The following images you are about to see of paintings from Simon Birch’s new collection touch on ideas of historical and scientific ideas on the human body. The twisting subjects in his paintings are suggestive of the view that “the body will always elude technologies that seek to separate flesh from soul and regulate, rationalize and control its humanity”. Not only does Simon Birch’s physical form and style of work outline notions of art and modernism, but so does the very concept of ‘technology meets man’ that his work is essentially based upon. Have a look at some of his stunning works of art below.