interpretation board, Carlops

Simon studied painting and drawing (Oxford and Aberdeen), and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He has wide experience of working with all forms of printmaking and illustration, and has also designed for theatre. From 1985-95 he co-directed the publishing firm Balnain Books, and in recent years he channeled much of this experience into website development and the continuing aspects of design for web and print (which includes interpretation boards, to right) and (to left) various collaborations show further detail, while (below) is a brief CV.

Studied at: Grays School of Art, Aberdeen (D.A.) and Ruskin School of Art, Oxford

painting: solo exhibitions

Aberdeen Art Gallery;
Holsworthy Gallery (London);
369 Gallery (Edinburgh);
Artspace Galleries (Aberdeen);
Bristol Arts Centre;
An Lanntair Gallery (Stornoway);
Peacock Printmakers (Aberdeen);
Pier Arts Centre (Stromness);
Dorset County Museum & Art Gallery (Dorchester);
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery;
Eden Court Theatre (Inverness);
Grays School of Art (Aberdeen);
Crawford Arts Centre (St Andrews);
Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop;
Hiscock Gallery (Portsmouth);
An Tobar, Mull

selected exhibitions

Celtic Connections, Glasgow;
The Human Touch, Fischer Fine Art, London;
Highland Myth & Symbol, touring;
Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago;
Beltane Spirit, touring;
40 Scottish Artists, Sarajevo;
For A’ That, MacLaurin Art Gallery & touring;
Newcastle Maritime Festival, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle;
Art & the Sea, ICA Galleries, London and Mostyn Gallery, Wales and touring;
Crofting Centenary Exhibition, touring (Scotland & Canada);
Contemporary Landscape, Edinburgh City Art Centre;
Etching & Intaglio Printing, Scottish Arts Council Touring Exhibition;
Peinture Fraiche Gallery, Paris;
Scottish Prints Now, Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop;
Expressive Images, New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh;
7 Artists in Iona, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh;
Light & Space, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews;
Cubertou Painters, SW France;
Leabhar Mor na Gaidhlig (the Great Book of Gaelic) touring

work in public collections

Life Assurance Head Office, Edinburgh;
Scottish Arts Council;
Hull Art Gallery;
Contemporary Art Society;
Pictures in Hospitals;
Aberdeen Art Gallery

theatre design

Running with Wolves (Highland Festival & Doric Festival);
Gold (Eden Court Theatre, set/costumes);
The Green Lady of Balconie (Fearainn Domhnuill Arts)

book design and production

Balnain Books;
Camanachd Association;
Findhorn Press;
Saltire Society;
MacRobert Trusts;
MacDonald Publisher;
Robert Louis Stevenson Society;
Northwest Publishers (USA);
Foreign Office (Algiers);
Harper Collins;
Deer Commission for Scotland (now SNH);
Highlands and Islands Enterprise;
Scottish Natural Heritage


for over 30 book titles, collaborating extensively with many writers, including George Mackay Brown, Aonghas MacNeacail, and Stanley Robertson, and with photographer Gunnie Moberg

Artist in Residence

Aboyne, Millennium Forest Trust

Other work

includes upland path-maker in the West Highlands (as a registered contractor), occasional drystane dyking and (above) a ‘sit-ooterie’ in Carlops