Projects
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  • Glynn Vivian Residency, Swansea 2013
  • Reveal/Conceal
  • Cross Current, Galeri Caernarfon
  • Flow, Platfform Newport
  • Yellow Line Field - 2012
  • Delta Street
  • Lucent Lines 2010-2011
  • Lucent Lines 2010-2011
  • National Eisteddfod 2010
  • National Eisteddfod 2010
  • Beacon 2008
  • Photographic 2006
  • Another Light 2005
  • Another Light 2005
  • Another Light 2005

SIMON FENOULHET is an artist who plays with our preconceptions of the material world by skilfully manipulating everyday objects with unexpected outcomes. The recurrent theme is one of transformation, re-presenting the familiar in ways which cause us to change the way we look at the world. In recent years, his use of light has added another dimension to the work. By making light an integral part of each piece, discarded toys, bricks and teaspoons take on new meanings, subverting their original function.

Simon studied Fine Art at both Newport and Cardiff Colleges of Art gaining a Masters Degree in 1987. Since graduating he has had parallel careers as an artist and an arts administrator, exhibiting widely throughout Wales in a variety of galleries and outdoor venues. He has also played a central role in the development of public art in Wales through his work with Cywaith Cymru.Artworks Wales.

Over the last thirteen years he has focused on the use of light as a key element of his work since his first major one man show, ‘Groundless’ at Chapter Arts Centre in 1998. This preoccupation is coupled with a delight in exploiting everyday objects and materials, using light to transform the humdrum into the poetic. In 2003 his show ‘Light Works’ at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff played on the familiar elements of building, with works that challenged our preconceptions about the solidity of materials with a fluid floor and a see through brick wall.

In 2007 Simon worked with Commissions East to create a sound and light installation for the 900th anniversary of Wymondham Abbey. ‘Beacon’ was a collaboration with composer John Hardy and resulted in an atmospheric soundscape and illumination of the ruined tower. His latest show ‘Lucent Lines’ at Newport Museum and Art Gallery in 2010, continued the theme with three installations that toyed with our perceptions of light and space with works that occupied the walls, floor and the space in between.

Now working freelance as an artist and part time lecturer, he is concentrating on the development of new body of work, based in his studio at Chapter Arts Centre