The cartoon expresses emotion and form simply. Simple means direct. Forthright, like the picture plane itself, Simon engages the viewer immediately with a face while the subtler elements of the painting emerge more slowly.
Pale Head with Yellow Teeth fills the composition to capacity. It is painted a near flat lilac grey against which the brightly punctuated dots and lines inform the subtle contours and structure of the head.
The presence of all three of the primary colors lends integrity to a small and simple painting. Tension, the primary element for drama and life is the uneasy relationship between the purple in the face and the yellow teeth.
"Pale Head with Yellow Teeth" 52 x 38cm
acrylic on panel 2017
A dot or circle is also a point, which like its own pupil, the eye connects with it. Dots feature alongside the dramatic modeling of the face and very sharp color. In Simon's work different elements shout for prominence. Color, geometry, or comical features pop out like teeth or ears to move the eye around.
The eye must be moved. The excitement is in the eye and brain interacting with the painting and the painter.
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"Vertical Eye Red Shirt" 52 x 38cm oil on panel 2018
"Blue Shirt Wide Grin" 28 x 22cm acrylic paint on canvas