1933 - 2011

Ian Simpson

Ian Simpson was born at Loughborough, Leicestershire on 12 November 1933, son of artist Herbert William Simpson (2 March 1907-24 December 1972) and his wife Elsie née Jagger (11 May 1905-1995), who married at Haslingden, Surrey in 1930 and in 1939, Herbert was a chief assistant art master, living at 69 Cairns Road, Sunderland with his wife and children. Ian was educated at Bede Grammar School and studied at Sunderland School of Art 1950-1953 then at the Royal College of Art 1955-1958 and became an Abbey Travelling Scholar. He married in 1958, Joan Charlton and in the same year launched into a career as a freelance artist and illustrator, coupled with lecturing in art colleges, becoming principal of St Martin's School of Art 1972-1988. After his first marriage was dissolved, he married secondly at Merton, Surrey in 1982, textile artist Birgitta Willcocks, who died on 5 May 2010. A course consultant for the Open College of the Arts and wrote for several publications, presenting several television series on art and was the author of several books including 'The Challenge of Landscape Painting' (1990). A fellow and one-time president of the National Society for Art Education. An artist, writer, and teacher he has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and has had a solo show at Chappel Galleries, Essex in 1994. A founder member of the Suffolk Group of Artists and lived at Motts Farm House, Chilton Street, Clare in Suffolk and later at 20a The Paddocks, Bures, Suffolk. Ian Simpson died on 15 December 2011, being survived by two sons and a daughter from his first marriage.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 80 Fulham Park Gardens, Southwest London
1956 565 Natural History Museum and Park
from 19 Addison Gardens, West London
1957 586 Streets in South Kensington
         590 Trees and the Imperial Institution
1958 160 Still Life 1957
         323 Roofs, South Kensington
         619 The Victoria and Albert Museum
from 54 St Margaret's Street, Rochester, Kent
1960 441 Gardens and the Medway
         671 Roofs and Buildings
from 24 Stuart Road, Gillingham, Kent
1961 120 The Viaduct
         275 A View across the Medway
         601 Buildings and the Medway
1962 338 Portrait
         358 The Steep Hill, No. 1
         366 The Steep Hill, No. 1
1963 85 The Green Roof
         482 South Kensington Buildings
from 35 Slades Hill, Enfield, Middlesex
1964 239 Building Site, Tower Hill
         376 Lower Thames Street
1965 279 Buildings and Lamps
         314 Buildings and Bridge
         518 Buildings and Viaducts
1966 683 Hill and Red Church
         684 Hill and Bridge
         685 City Building Site
1969 468 Coastal Landscape No. 1, 1969
         703 Coastal Landscape No. 3, 1969
         711 Coastal Landscape No. 2, 1969
1970 138 Coastal Landscape, 1970
from Motts Farm House, Chilton Street, Clare, Suffolk
1995 700 Trinity Street, from Great St Mary’s, Cambridge – oil
707 Cambridge Market from Great St Mary’s – oil
1996 103 King’s Parade from Great St. Mary’s, Cambridge - oil

Works by This Artist