David Arthur-Simons

Where did you grow up/study in Australia?

Where are some of the interesting places you have lived around the world?
5 countries - 3 continents

Where are you currently living?
New York

What do you do?
I'm a nationality non-identified painter who has been living in New York since 1995. I'm known for my large scale (in time and space) paintings that often take years to complete and draw on my studies of Western and Eastern philosophy, personal and universal mythology, dreams, my own intuitive dance, psychological self explorations and visions of realms beyond the visible and tangible. Since 2005 I have been working on a series of 365 paintings (one for each day of the year) that explore the inter-relationships between inner and outer states of psychological being. Though there are "earthly" elements in my paintings they are never presented in an earthly context. The imagined but not fantasy landscapes, figures and actions I paint are ideal places of peace and harmony, where symmetry and "easy" order rule and where people (all self-portraits) fly, leap and glide through the air and from one dimension to another constantly defying the accepted illusions of life. Each day, I work on one of the 365 paintings and completes as much as possible in one day. I then return to the same painting the following year on the same day adding and subtracting elements till the painting is "finished". After nine years of work some of the paintings are beginning to reach a state of near completion so that the elements of the paintings are being pulled together to create a hidden anthropomorphic Gestalt self-portrait in the fabric of foreground, middle ground and background. Can you find the hidden face in the later paintings?

What's a hidden secret of your city?
It's New York as opposed to OLD York

What's your favorite cafe/bar/restaurant in your current city?
NEVER go out

Describe your adopted hometown/current city in three words.
New York New

What do you miss most about Australia when you are overseas?

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