Simon Bull

Biography

Anyone who has ever looked at a painting by Simon Bull knows that there is something different about his work. 

The intense colours, vigorous composition and life-affirming subject matter give it a uniquely joyous quality that has made him one of our most collectable international artists.

Simon studied painting in both Gloucestershire and Leeds, graduating with a BA honours degree in Fine Art. In his graduating year he exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and his works were acquired by Leeds City Art Gallery. His professional career began at the age of eighteen, with his first one man show in Hong Kong in 1976. He has since held exhibitions throughout Great Britain, in Amsterdam, Paris, Bologna Italy, Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong and throughout the USA.

In 2009, Simon was commissioned to paint US President Barack Obama by boxing legend Muhammad Ali. His two joint portraits of Barack Obama and Muhammad Ali were unveiled at the Kentucky Bluegrass Ball on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC by actress Ashley Judd. In 2007 he had been invited to create a series of paintings that celebrated the life of Muhammad Ali. Many of these works are now on permanent display in the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville Kentucky. He spoke on behalf of the Muhammad Ali Center at the Vancouver Film Festival for the premier of the movie ‘Facing Ali’.

Increasing interest in his art amongst American collectors led him to emigrate with his family to the US in 2003. He currently lives and paints from his studio in the Monterey Bay area of California. He became an American Citizen in 2011.

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