Simon Fieldhouse is a Sydney- based artist who has developed a very particular area of expression. Typically, he uses watercolour and pen to create intricate but lively drawings of significant buildings and monuments, depicting them with warmth and charm and with wry, whimsical humour.
Fieldhouse has exhibited extensively in Australia for over 35 years. He has a show currently (until 22 Nov) at Australian Galleries, Sydney which features scenes in Vienna, Barcelona, Paris, London and Sydney. But he doesn’t confine himself to places and buildings; he depicts people at work or play including surgeons, lawyers and lifesavers.
In 2012 Fieldhouse released a limited edition Historic Hospitals of New South Wales, drawing inspiration from an amazingly rich resource of historically and architecturally important buildings. It is work that is carried out with extraordinary precision, judgement and taste. In 2006 he was commissioned by the Faculty of Medicine to produce 35 portraits of its professors of medicine as a companion series to that of Sir Lionel Lindsay who similarly produced professors’ portraits 90 years earlier in 1916.
In 2004 Fieldhouse illistrated a delightfully eccentric book Portraits on Yellow Paper by former Court of Appeal judge Roddy Meagher of 28 character ‘descriptions’ of friends and ex-colleagues which were, by turns, cheerful and outrageous. In that, Simon Fieldhouse was Meagher’s perfect ‘partner in crime’.
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