About Me

 

My name is Simon Cowell. I was born in 1988 on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia. From an early age I was fascinated with creating. As I grew I experimented with many means of creativity, ranging from sculpting and drawing to digital animation and graphic design. Every step sent me more and more towards the practice of drawing and painting. Drawing was so alluring to me I still remember the excitement I felt when I first saw a skilled draughtsman creating the illusion of worlds on a page. The process is so simple, just a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper or some pigment and a brush, yet the opportunities are endless. I just had to do it too.

I took inspiration from concept artists and illustrators I saw online and found a way to learn to draw. In 2007 I began full time at the Julian Ashton Art School, a classical fine arts atelier. There I learned from the figure and slowly developed a deep attraction to drawing from the world around me, and the people living in it.

I began my first concept art work with Fuel VFX in 2009, working mainly on tv commercials. I freelanced regularly with them while I finished my study at Ashtons. Since then I have been pursuing a mix of freelance commercial work and personal fine art. I've had the good fortune to work on fun projects like Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron,  Peter Rabbit and Gaurdians of the Galaxy Vol.2 with Fuel VFX and Animal Logic, and won a few awards with my painting including the A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship which took me on a journey across Europe and the US over 9 months. 

 

I love collaborating on all sorts of projects to create interesting and exciting imagery. If you have any questions or would like to contact me about working together, please contact me via email HERE !

 

Thanks for looking,

Simon Cowell

scowellart@gmail.com


Clients

 

  • 2017 - present _ Woodblock Polynoid / Freelance Concept art
  • 2016 - present _ New Holland Creative / Freelance Concept art
  • 2013 - present _ Animal Logic / Freelance concept art & illustration
  • 2012 - present _ Cartel Artists / Freelance concept art, illustration & matte painting
  • 2013 - 2017 _ Cutting Edge / Freelance concept art & illustration
  • 2014 _ Fin Design - Freelance illustration
  • 2011 - 2012 _ Fuel VFX / Concept art & illustration
  • 2009 - 2011 _ Umeric / Freelance Concept art
  • 2009 - 2011 _ Fuel VFX / Freelance Concept art

 

Awards

 

  • 2015 - Finalist, Art Renewal Center International Salon, USA
  • 2014 - AME Bale Travelling Scholarship
  • 2014 - Finalist, Rick Amor Drawing Prize
  • 2012 - Finalist, Gainsborough Greens Art Award
  • 2012 - Finalist, AME Bale Travelling Scholarship
  • 2012 - Finalist, 6th International Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice
  • 2011 - AME Bale Prize for Works in Oil and Acrylic
  • 2010 - Finalist, AME Bale Travelling Scholarship
  • 2008 - Diploma of Fine Art. The Julian Ashton Art School
  • 2008 - Finalist, Mosman Youth Art Prize
  • 2008 - Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize, AGNSW
  • 2007 - Joshua Smith Drawing Prize, The Julian Ashton Art School
  • 2007 - Sir William Dobell Scholarship, The Julian Ashton Art School

 

Group Exhibitions

 

  • 2016 - Inaugural Exhibition and Grand Opening, Tortoiseshell Gallery
  • 2015 - 'May' group exhibition, Chelsea Lane Gallery
  • 2014 - AME Bale Travelling Scholarship exhibition
  • 2014 - Journey's West group exhibition, Orange Regional Gallery
  • 2014 - Rick Amor Drawing Prize exhibition
  • 2012 - AME Bale Travelling Scholarship exhibition
  • 2012 - Gainsborough Greens Art Award exhibition
  • 2012 - 6th International Arte Laguna Art Prize exhibition, Venice
  • 2011 - AME Bale Travelling Scholarship exhibition
  • 2010 - AME Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize exhibition
  • 2010 - 'Picture Kitchen' Group Exhibition
  • 2008-2009 - 'Nine by Five Inches' Exhibition, Julian Ashton Art School
  • 2008 - Mosman Youth Art Prize exhibition
  • 2008 - Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Exhibition
  • 2007-2012 - Teachers and Students Exhibition, Julian Ashton Art School

 

Education

 

  • 2015 - 2016 - Studio Escalier
  • 2007 - 2010 - The Julian Ashton Art School

 

Acquisitions

 

  • Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
  • Private collections