Inside the Studio: Simon Hopkinson (United Kingdom)


Simon with painting

Simon Hopkinson

simon with paint

Simon working on a painting in his studio. 


Simon’s works on exhibition.


More work on exhibition. 

Bus Shelter

“Bus Shelter”

One for Sorrow

“One For Sorrow”



Subway nineteen

“Subway Nineteen”

Midland Road Bridge

“Midland Road Bridge”

Railway tracks four

“Railway Tracks four”





  1. niki hare says:

    Big congrats Simon!!

  2. Lovely colours, dark skies, atmosphere. Paint lots of paint, enjoyed by my eye
    Thank You

  3. I am missing the why, what, how, and when? I really enjoyed reading what the artists had to say. Cute cat Simon, do you have to spend a bit of time getting cat fur out of wet paint? I do and it drives me a bit nuts it is not easy, and the odd brush bristle, actually also the odd insect and human hair..* Very nice alive works, cheers Kate*

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Hi Kate, my cat’s name is Boo. His hair can be a problem but he’s such good company in my studio that I don’t mind. It’s good that you like my work.

  4. Irena says:

    I agree with Kate…I also miss that part of the interview.
    Simon congrats!!! I really love your work, it’s stunning! (It reminds me of Van Gogh’s)

  5. Nicole Garton, Saatchi Art says:

    If the people want it, we’ll bring back the interview!

    • Adrian says:

      Yes please, I think the interview is an important part of Inside the The Studio series. It’s always interesting to ‘hear’ what the artists have to say and, for me at least, to know about their actual workplace; do they work from home or from a studio elsewhere, etc.

  6. Anne Kilvington says:

    I have loved looking at your paintings, Simon, and am trying to buy “Bin” if only I could see how to do that. You have to forgive oldies who are not totally conversant with 21st century technology. I’m OK on emails but beyond that I’m a novice. I know this will be a voice from the past and you have your mum to thank for telling me about how to see your portfolio. I love all the underpasses and railway tracks, indeed all the subject matter. I’m so delighted for you.

  7. adrienne fox says:

    I am just going back to the portfolio to buy some of Simon’s super stuff.
    Few artists capture the over-ripe fruits of decadence with such astute taste.

  8. Lorna Brazell says:

    A world of deserted city spaces – haunted by absence, maybe? isolation innate in being human, or perhaps the importance of solitude in order to become/ be aware of being individuals?

    It’s good to have a clear sighted look at the world we are actually creating around ourselves. Could be melancholy, but the vivid colours and the sense of wide open spaces – even when they aren’t – don’t leave that effect at all.

  9. Charles Nichols says:

    Simon shows me the beauty amidst the decay. What a talented eye and hand he has!

  10. Freya Barrett says:

    I really loved your paintings Simon. I particularly liked ‘riverbank’, the colours and shapes. It’s really beautiful.

  11. Bridget Ross says:

    Simon, I feel very moved by the way you honour the unloved spaces and quiet moments in our lives, your paintings illuminate the soul, they are beautiful.

  12. Jane says:

    Hi Simon, you capture an atmosphere in your paintings that feels familiar to me. Alone in big cities. I particularly liked ‘One for Sorrow’.

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Thanks Jane, it’s good to convey a mood in my paintings that reflects someone’s own experience.

  13. Ray McDowell says:

    Really good to see your work on display here, Simon.
    I particularly appreciate how you capture half-light or twilight in paintings such as ‘Bus Shelter’ and ‘Pathway. The use of colour is affecting. They’re so atmospheric I can almost feel the chill. Congratulations.

  14. Rosemary Prior says:

    Desolation…with redeeming human figures/angels/bright nature. I value the contrasts and the creating of atmosphere in urban settings, also the skill, but I cannot always see the beauty in brokenness….

  15. Emma Clegg says:

    Your reflective, resonant paintings have a filmmaker’s perspective – I can imagine many of these as stills in an animation. One for Sorrow I particularly like – the hazy wash of the garden landscape a fascinating counterpoint to the stern, angled house.

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Thanks Emma, I’m glad you like One For Sorrow. The house is another building I’ve captured which is now demolished.

  16. Simon I really love some of these paintings, the more bleak and desolate the more beautiful they are. I think your work has really matured and you are obviously finding your stride. Its a hard long slog to keep committed to your art in this modern world but here you are on the Saatchi website! You deserve every success and I hope to catch one of your exhibitions in the flesh here in London. Love the City’s edge paintings and Footbridge Four.

  17. judy Jones says:

    congratulations Simon, well deserved feature ,love that you work on the floor too!

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Thanks Judy, it’s always seemed a natural way for me to work. People tell me it’s bad for my joints though.

  18. Sarah Hacking says:

    HI Simon, I remember viewing some of your early work, years ago. It is wonderful to see how you have matured and developed as an artist. Every day for 10 years I walked through a subway to and from work; you have captured their bleakness beautifully. I hope to see one of your exhibitions soon.

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Thanks Sarah, I’m glad you think my paintings have developed and that some of them reflect your own experience.

  19. Joyce Greenberger says:

    Hi Simon,

    What an amazing art collection! You are very talented and I wish you every success in this field. My favourite paintings are the Pathway and the Bus Shelter. I think you should be selling your work for more than the prices indicated on this web site.

    Congratulations and best wishes

    Joyce Greenberger – Australia

  20. Susie says:

    I love the way you paint the places and things that we can walk past without noticing. And the way you acknowledge the beauty in what might be thought ugly. I think my favourites are the ones where you bring that attention to the details, like the benches. Thank you for helping me to be mindful of these things.

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Thanks Susie, I’m glad you appreciate my work. There’s a lot of overlooked scenery that deserves to be recorded.

  21. Boo says:

    just curious

  22. Michael says:

    Your talent is letting us appreciate that even the accidental, ordinary, forgotten, and un-designed parts of our cities can be beautiful, even if only once a day; in that particular light. Not everywhere has be a perfectly designed Garden City or Poundbury. I particularly like For One Sorrow and Railway Tracks 4.

  23. David Moore says:

    Some really interesting stuff; contemporary, with some unusual and not widely used subjects. Deserves to be seen.

  24. Askham Family says:

    Good luck with your exhibition. You have a great deal of talent.

  25. Simon Hopkinson says:

    Thanks for the complement.

  26. Love your work. Some lovely rich colors and you handle a night scene well. Exciting work. Congratulations.

  27. Adrienne says:

    I really like Holiday Camp (1+2). Very Cornwall to me! Lovely.

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Thanks Adrienne. The holiday camp ( if it’s still there) is a derelict Pontins near Blackpool. I went inside to have a look around and take some photos, but ended up being evicted by two security men, who didn’t understand my interest.

  28. Modern time impressionist.

  29. j’adore cette ambiance, bravo

  30. Kirstie says:

    it’s about time that your wonderful artwork got noticed! i have absolutley loved it since i was little! good luck!!!!!
    kirstie xoxoxoxo

  31. Norma Rowe says:

    Lovely to see your work Simon, I too was thinking of Van Gogh especally when looking at Railway Tracks four.

  32. sophia roka says:

    amazing job!!!! congrats Simon,

    ps. Van Gogh is everywhere and i’m happy cause he’s my favourite

  33. Very nice pictures, makes the “nonprestigious” and broken/deserted urban look poetic and magical (as it often is)!

    Also tehnically very pleasant!

    For once it is not someone who paints anything “social status”: princesses, expensive dresses, expensive houses, expensive swimming pools…, hoping probably to please pottential buyers from those dead realms…and while hoping, losing their true passion and heart..
    …they say nothing is born from diamonds, flowers grow from shit!


  34. Christa Mileson-Stigter says:

    As a Dutch native, I have to agree with the comments about the similarity to Van Gogh’s paintings – both in technique and colour (especially the blues and yellow in Railway Tracks four which reminds me of sunflowers and hay), but then in a modern setting – great!

    I think your paintings are very atmospheric and feel there is a story behind each of them; intriguing. I am particularly fascinated by what the story behind ‘One for sorrow’ is…

    Great work and good luck Simon!

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Hi Christa, I welcome your appreciative comments. I add figures to my paintings sometimes to give a sense of the scenery as a backdrop to people’s lives although there is not normally a specific story. I’m happy for the viewer to create their own narrative, however. The title One for Sorrow refers to an English rhyme about magpies – ‘ One for sorrow, two for joy…’ The lone magpie and the ruined house are intended to create a melancholic atmosphere.

  35. Helena Chesney says:

    Your paintings are so very atmospheric and evocative. Your use of colour and texture to convey a sense of the place is terrific. I want to get to see your next exhibition to appreciate them first hand and would hope to acquire one for my collection – though I imagine the choice will be hard.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Thanks Helena, I’m glad you like my paintings so much. It would be lovely if you came to my next exhibition.

  36. Barbara Cockburn says:

    Six reasons for buying ‘Trolley’:

    I like the shape of the spaces; I like frogs; I like Sligo where I saw my first drowned trolley and maybe there is a touch of Irishness in the picture too; my mind likes to play with positioning the trolley; I like the palette (in lots of these recent works?) it adds a touch of madness; I like sudden brightness and the sky after so many gloomy but powerful underpasses and industrial wastelands.

    What else? I like the witty lines. So OK, I’ll buy it now.

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Thanks for your interest in my work, Barbara. It’s a big complement that you’ve bought the painting.

  37. Vicky Wharton says:

    Hi Simon,

    Bridget’s friend Vicky here.

    I love these, particularly the ravishing light of subway 19, worthy of another nineteen in my view and the golden tracks of Railway tracks four – I will never see my shipping container down near Belmarsh prison in quiet the same way again.

    You’ve shown us something magnificent in these familiar urban places I look forward to more.

    the very best – Vicky

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Hi Vicky, thanks for the complements. I’m really pleased that my work has made an impact.

  38. Kerrie Hopson says:

    Hello Simon, I’m a friend of Bridget’s.
    These are such intreaguing paintings Simon, I love your use of colour. Making us look again at the unloved spaces with a fresh eye and seeing the beauty that is there.
    Also very taken with your cat …

  39. Ian Potts says:

    Hello Simon. I like your use of light and shade, and the colours seem just right. You seem to have a preference for subways and riverbanks, to judge from the numbering. Keep well away when painting ‘Dangerous Building Two’ or whichever is the next one! Very pleased you got the exhibition: it sounds really prestigious. Very best wishes. Ian.

    • Simon Hopkinson says:

      Thanks Ian, I’ll watch out for falling masonry. I’m glad you’re impressed by my work.

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