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 College 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 in 1982, textile artist Birgitta Willcocks. A course consultant for Open College of the Arts and wrote for several publications, presenting a number of televison 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 member of the Suffolk Group and lived at Motts Farm House, Chilton Street, Clare in Suffolk and later at 20a The Paddocks, Bures, Suffolk and died on 15 December 2011, being survived by two sons and a daughter from his first marriage.

Works by This Artist