About




Bio


I am a Belgian artist who has lived and worked in Edinburgh, Scotland, since 2011.
I was born in 1984 and grew up in the green wild-ish and mostly sunny countryside of the south-east of Belgium. 
I studied illustration in Liege (Belgium) and Perugia (Italy) and later also graduated as an art teacher.
My work has been shown in Scotland, Belgium, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands and has won multiple prizes including the W Gordon Smith award and the Visual Artist and Craft Maker award of the City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland.
I’m a member of the Association of Illustrators.

I am currently an artist in residence at Inspace with the Institute for Design Informatics (the University of Edinburgh) as part of the Space and Satellites Artist Residency programme. Funded by DDI (Data-Driven Innovation) and supported by EFI (Edinburgh Futures Institute).


CV


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Statement


I am an illustrator and visual artist who makes zines and artists books, drawings, prints, and 3D objects.

Like most illustrators, I am first and foremost interested in storytelling. I aim to create open visual narratives and explore multiple points of view in my work. This often leads me to using very different media while exploring converging ideas. Using different art forms, I try to present the viewer with a varied, playful and immersive experience.
I like art that is welcoming and accessible to all, regardless of age or background, and I try to create narratives that everyone can find a way into.

My work is concerned with ways of looking at or interacting with nature, and with different notions or perceptions of time. Extinction is a recurring subject, as well as our relationship with our own wilderness.

I come from a family of scientists, and it has influenced the subjects of my artwork.
My father’s work on satellites and telescopes has sparked a lifelong curiosity for space observation and exploration. My mother’s interest in plants has also been influencial. This has inspired a lot of my artwork: a non-scientist’s response to my own curiosity and fragmented understanding of their fields of expertise. Artists and scientists share a deep curiosity for the word we live in and a passion for working to understand it better. Therefore science is, to me, an obvious subject for artistic exploration.

My strong interest in graphic novels, cinema and photography is noticeable in my work and my main influences come from these disciplines. Drawing is always a prominent feature in my pieces and guides the way I build my artworks as well as the way I use various printmaking techniques such as cyanotype, screenprinting and stone lithography.


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Galleries and Stockists


You can find my work at
Gallery Ten
Amber Arts
Typewronger books
Out of the Blueprint
The Marchmont Gallery
Edinburgh Printmakers
Le Comptoir du Livre


Teaching


I am a trained teacher and have worked as an art teacher in Belgium, Canada and Scotland. I currently regularly teach illustration students  at Edinburgh College of Art, as well as various drawing and illustration classes at The Edinburgh Drawing School, Edinburgh Printmakers and the National Museum of Scotland.



About printmaking


If you are wondering how I make my prints, check out these great videos with demonstrations and explanations by the great Gillian Murray and Alastair Clark Screenprinting
Stone Lithography


 





All images and text ©Cécile Simonis