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Charles Simpson

Charles Simpson was born in 1952 and trained at Glasgow School of Art. He now lives just outside the village of Clovenfords in the Scottish Borders.



As a landscape painter, the rough hill farm countryside immediately around his small cottage provides a regular supply of material, particularly when snow covers the winter landscape. Every year trips are taken to north-west coast and islands of Scotland — with particularly favourite locations being Iona & Mull, Durness, Achiltibuie, Wester Ross, Arisaig and more recently the Uists. The combination of stunning beaches, changing seas, distant islands and mountains, and large dramatic skies provides unique subject matter. He has been a full-time artist since 1999 and holds regular exhibitions in London and Edinburgh.

“Charles’ approach to the Scottish landscape is utterly straightforward. This uncomplicated and honest portrayal of Scotland belies his ability to read the subtleties of the landscape. They are uncluttered pictures both in terms of palette and composition. His subject takes in both the small and idiosyncratic and monumental vistas of an unchanged landscape, both as transporting as the other.”

Emily Walsh, Director, Bourne Fine Art

Courtesy of the artist’s website.