Starry Night

If we break a painting down into its most fundamental and basic element then the brush stroke is key. It’s something we instinctively do as an infant learning to mark-make with simplistic gestures which over time and with practice become more controllable and refined.
I wanted to use this rudimentary action as the foundation for a series of paintings, exploring their organic forms but in a structured way that brings the brush stroke to life through a diversity of artistic practices and processes.
The concept references historical artworks and I create interpretations of them using the artists colour palette as the linking component. This artwork is my interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘Starry Night’ (1889).
It is produced through a multi-disciplinary approach which incorporates photorealist painting which transitions into heavy impasto textures, seamlessly evolving into 3 dimensional sculpture which protrudes off the surface and breaks out of the constraints of the picture plane, giving an illusion of a painting with false photographic depth coming to life so that it exists in our real world.


Acrylics and resin on wooden panel.

65 x 122 x 15 cm (framed)






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Simon Hennessey

Simon Hennessey is a contemporary realist painter, born in 1973 Birmingham, UK.

His approach to realist painting is to be innovative and explore contrasting elements in an attempt to find a harmonious balance between realism and abstraction. He uses paint in a constructive and deconstructive manner, so that order and chaos or the structured and organic can sit together side-by-side. He has been working and refining his techniques for the past 16 years and combines traditional painterly working methods with the  newest of technologies.

Simon has recently had his work exhibited in numerous museum group shows around the world, including, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Andorra and Michigan and will also have his artwork featured in upcoming group museum shows in Venice, Zaragoza and Barcelona. His paintings have also been featured in many publications, including ‘Exactitude:Hyperrealist art today’ and ‘Photorealism in the digital age’.

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