Based in North West Sydney, Simone Read is an artist and Visual Arts teacher. Simone works with media including watercolour, inks, gouache and salts.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Illustration and design) from the University of Western Sydney in 1996, Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of New England (2007) and has been a high school Visual Arts teacher and studio artist from 2008.
Simone explores the aerial view of ocean pools and coastal regions around New South Wales and Australia. Flipping to a ‘birds eye view’ creates a sense of calm and peace as she addresses the rhythm and movement of the ocean and the stillness of the pools. A quiet calm is what Simone invites an audience to connect with.
The distinct colours used become a meaningful treatment to the way Simone highlights the beauty of our ever- changing environment. Through the building up of repetitive tiny details and a colour palette that melds rather than jars Simone attempts to capture and harness some of the extreme energy, movement and ferocity of the elements that form the unique Australian coast.
2021 Remember the Wild, traffic jam galleries, Sydney
2020 Coastal, traffic jam galleries, Sydney
2017 Arcadian Artis Trail
2017 States of Places, The Village Kitchen, Kurrajong
2016 Journey Through the Landscape, The Balmain Watch House, Balmain
2015 Mooch Inside, Killcare
2020 The Birds, traffic jam galleries, Sydney
2019 Untitled, traffic jam galleries, Sydney
2019 Brave Gallery, Avalon
2015 Muse Gallery, Castle Hill
2021 Southern Buoy Studios landscape Art prize, Victoria
2020 Southern Buoy Studios landscape Art prize, Victoria
PUBLICATIONS, TELEVISION AND RADIO
2015 Sydney Hills Living Lifestyle Magazine, Interview and articles in Autumn and Spring editions