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Born 1973 Birmingham UK. Duality is the state or quality of being two. For the most part this has been both consciously and subconsciously an underlying theme throughout my artworks. My interests though not only lie within the simplicity of a single view point but also incorporates multiple perspectives, feelings or contrasting elements that intersects our world, this dualism of imagery is then played out in paint over a singular picture plane so that it conflicts and distorts our own perceptions of reality, so that the familiar becomes slightly less familiar.
My approach to realist painting is to be innovative and explore contrasting features through synthesis in an attempt to find a harmonious balance between realism and abstraction. I use paint in a constructive and deconstructive manner so that order and chaos or the structured and organic can sit together side by side. On first view my paintings may be considered as a photographic representation of reality, but in truth my artwork transcends into its own abstraction of reality.
I do not adhere to a true mimetic depiction of a photograph, I use the camera only as a source to assist me with gathering information which is then combined with my own artistic input and vision. My process consists of adding or removing detail, altering depth, adding textures, form and colour values and their relationship within the painting, this allows me to create an
illusion that blurs the boundaries between what is real and what is made up and therefore presents the viewer with a simulation of reality.
Simon Hennessey's paintings are perceived as a reflection of reality but in truth the artwork transcends into its own abstraction of reality. Through using the camera as a visual source for painting, he is able to create false illusions that are judged as our own reality.
Hennessey’s striking paintings reproduce images of facial features in extreme close-
One recent work is a diptych which poses the question ‘Angelina: Saint or Sinner?’ The question is not so direct as it sounds. The left half of the face is in colour, the right in black-