Janet Seated on Blue Ghost Dog
By Edith Simon

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Year
1983
Media
Mixed Media and Collage
Subject Matter
People
Reg. Number
L138
Size
127 x 100 cm

Discussing her work, Simon stated that "sometimes people knowing nothing about you ask whether you "do" landscapes or animals or figurework, etc. My answer is, of course, "Everything; anything" which is no more than the truth; though I might reply that my main and surpassing interest is, People, whom I am forever wanting to depict and interpret - often in meaningful conjunction with everything else you might think of. My answer would not be "Portraiture"; even though likeness is important to me. Surprisingly enough, frequenters of my exhibitions buy uncommissioned representations of persons unknown to them as often as they choose anything else: in other words, they treat them as I do, PICTURES OF PEOPLE. Amen to that. "

Edith Simon was an artist, author, sculptor and historian active mainly in Edinburgh. She was born in Berlin, Germany in 1917 and her family moved to London in 1932 due to the increasingly threatening political climate in Germany. Simon attended the Slade and Central School of Art: in 1933 she was a founding member of Artists International Association (AIA). Her first book for children was published in 1934. She moved to Edinburgh in 1947 when her husband took up a post at Edinburgh University while Edith continued her career as author. She had 17 books published including contemporary and historical novels and non-fiction history titles. Since 1969 she began to focus on art, with exhibitions at the Edinburgh Festival every year from 1970 until 2001 as well as exhibitions in London and Glasgow. She was a prolific artist who left a legacy of 850 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and what she called "scalpel paintings" which defied any easy categorisation because of their three-dimensional nature. Edith Simon died in 2003.

With thanks to The Recessionist and Herald Scotland for information about this artist.

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