The Valley

Simon Back

Chinese ink on paper
50 x 40 cm


About Simon Back

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Back’s paintings depict abstracted forms overlaid with planes of colour. His work evokes a relationship between humans and their landscapes that is at once nourishing and precarious. There are repeated references to natural forms in his paintings but also to desolate, open spaces. Some works portray land and water seen from above others deserted or ploughed fields with old reservoirs.

An integral part of Back’s process is ‘the act of painting over’ – literally covering forms with planes of white or colour, which create a sense of absence in his work. Figures emerge from backgrounds or become obscured and ambiguous.

Back describes his interest in the removal of something dear or important to us. In the same way, images or areas that become strong and important and which tend to carry the painting, eventually become the obstacle for it to continue.

Simon Back’s work is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, as well as  in private collections throughout the world. Back has exhibited in New York, Europe and Mauritius.
He now lives in Mauritius with his wife and children where he has taught art and worked in the field of Architecture. His studio is close to home.


Recent Exhibitions

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Crossing Boundaries – Group Show | Gallery Delta – Zimbabwe
Borderline II – Group Show | Third Dot, Granary – Port Louis, Mauritius
Conversations, Du Surréalisme À La Création Contemporaine – Group Show | L’Institute français de Maurice – Port Louis, Mauritius

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Solo Exhibition | Showcase Gallery – Dubai, U.A.E.
Layered Verses – Solo Exhibition | Matter Gallery – Toronto, Canada
10 Ans’ Exhibition – Group Show | Imaaya Gallery – Mauritius
Five Bhobh – ‘Painting At An End of an Era’ | Exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA – Cape Town, South Africa

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Rezo – Solo Exhibition | Imaaya Gallery – Mauritius
Vision D’Artistes – Group Show | Port Louis 2017, Gallery Ilha Do Cirne – Mauritius
Vessel Head – Solo Exhibition | Matter Gallery – Toronto, Canada
Porlwi Granary Exhibition – Group Show | Port Louis, Mauritius

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Borderline I – Group Show | Third Dot, Granary – Port Louis, Mauritius
Metaform – Group Show | Third Dot – Port Louis, Mauritius
Porlwi – Participation in Prison Installation | Mauritius

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