The London Canal Museum, a 150-year-old former ice warehouse and now heritage building, is the backdrop to an exhibition by London artist, Simon Tarrant which will coincide with world-renowned harpist Catrin Finch’s fundraising concert on Saturday 16 May at 7pm for WaterAid’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Like Catrin, Simon is a passionate supporter of WaterAid and was recently commissioned to create the artwork for Catrin’s new album Tides, which includes a track gifted by Catrin to raise money for WaterAid. Simon will also be supporting WaterAid with a prize draw of his artwork Tide at Gwenver to raise funds for WaterAid’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal. He says, “The recent earthquake in Nepal is clearly devastating for a nation already struggling to provide adequate sanitation to half its population. I am actively fundraising for WaterAid’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal to provide emergency water supplies, hygiene kits, water purification tablets and emergency trenches for sanitation.”
For this exhibition Simon presents a selection of pieces from his earlier artworks through to his latest mono-prints, illustrating how the theme of water has shaped and inspired him throughout his career. Simon’s interest in the natural world is reflected in underwater scenes evoking imagined coral reefs, whilst sharp horizons lit by blood-red skies contrast with meditative images of deep blue seas.
Simon explains “I am at my happiest in life when contemplating the horizon across the sea, an exercise that stretches not just the eye but the imagination.”
Experimenting across a variety of medium, Simon is a colourist at heart, his work alluding to the school of abstract expressionism. Artists & Illustrators elaborate “Simon Tarrant uses oils on glass and Perspex, achieving a mysterious wet-in-wet effect, like the Aurora Borealis.”
Simon Tarrant is a London-based, London-born artist, who has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Saatchi Gallery and Bankside Gallery.
Artist Simon Tarrant will be exhibiting at the London Canal Museum from 5-31 May, with a Private View on Tuesday 5 May from 6-9pm.
Exhibition Private View Tuesday 5 May 6-9pm Exhibition 5-31 May
Catrin Finch Concert Saturday 16 May at 7pm Admission £15 (concessions £12.50) To book visit www.canalmuseum.org.uk/book
London Canal Museum 12-13 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT Nearest station King’s Cross