Since 2000 Simon has had a number of successful one-man exhibitions in London, Cambridge, Bath and the Cotswolds. His work has been exhibited regularly at the major London Art Fairs, in numerous group exhibitions and at the RWA. He is represented by Panter and Hall, Shepherd Market, London W1, where further examples of his work can be seen.
Simon was elected to the RWA in 2004 and became Artist Chairman in 2007 and then President (PRWA) in 2010.
He writes: I was born in London in 1946, the son of Jewish émigrés who separately fled Germany in the 1930s. At school I painted factories and desolate urban scenes. I read books on art and visited galleries, but I had no thought of becoming an artist. Instead, I read law at university and went on to a career as a criminal barrister in the Temple in London and then from 1985, in Bristol. In 2000 I succumbed to a strong urge to paint professionally and so gave up the Bar to become a full time artist.
As for my work, the paintings must speak for themselves. The viewer will see themes, preoccupations and influences. Artists from the 14th century to the present are an acknowledged influence, in particular some of the Modern British and European painters from the immediate pre and post war period. Documentary films, as in the GPO Film Unit and Recording Britain, and archive photographs recording images and events of the 1950s, the period of my childhood in London, also all supplement my memory, feed my imagination and metamorphose into my painting.