Excerpts from an introduction by Andrew Lambirth.
In this exhibition titled "Vur-vore" (meaning "go far, go forth", in old Somerset dialect), Simon Casson's potent contemporary classicism has been turned on rural Somerset, to very good effect. The paint-handling has become less mechanical and more painterly, the squeegee giving way to the hand gesture, with a variety of brush and finger marks, dribbles and further areas of succulent, liquid paintwork and gesture, with a variety of brush and finger marks, dribbles and further areas of succulent, liquid paintwork and gestural freedom. The overlaid marks interrupt and contradict the fragmentary found images, but somehow the unity of the painting holds; impressive. Ravishingly lyrical mysteries populate the fields and woods of Sylvan England, in supremely painterly images from myth and legend. The expected is hidden, the unexpected revealed. All is open to interpretation.
Published by Galerie de Bellefeuille 2013
Introductory text by Andrew Lambirth
20 colour plate catalogue
Translation by Mamuel Laroche
Design by Kristen E Dudley
Printed in Canada.