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Self taught artist, Simon Max Bannister has focussed on sculptural wildlife themes inspired by the land art movement. After working with his degree in Graphic Design he found the need to express his creativity with an alternative means. Be it earth, stone, leaf, water, light, shadow and even plastic, he grasps the… Read More
Self taught artist, Simon Max Bannister has focussed on sculptural wildlife themes inspired by the land art movement. After working with his degree in Graphic Design he found the need to express his creativity with an alternative means. Be it earth, stone, leaf, water, light, shadow and even plastic, he grasps the energy and moulds it into a necessary and intriguing artistic dialogue. He is gifted with the ability to capture the essence of the medium he engages with. He is acutely in touch with the elements and it is admirable to see how he does not try to reign-in the nature of his work, but allows it to be freed by the mysterious forces at play. It is ultimately the creative processes of nature that inspire his creative endeavours. He has participated in events such as Site_Specific, AfrikaBurn, Infecting the City and the National Arts Festival. He has created multiple private commissions for wine estates game reserves and educational facilities. While keeping a diversity in materials, his style is unique and his passionate creativity is in tune with the climate of our challenging times. He is currently based at Londolozi Game Reserve as artist in residence and the official winer of the 2013 David Shepherd Wildlife artist of the year award. Read Less
Sight, insight, instinct, intuition …these are the tools of the animal
Nature is the muse, nature is the material, nature is the canvas

My art does not place sculpture on the landscape, but rather allows the environment to birth something. Organic materials are a medium in there own right. The textures of wood, … Read More
Sight, insight, instinct, intuition …these are the tools of the animal
Nature is the muse, nature is the material, nature is the canvas

My art does not place sculpture on the landscape, but rather allows the environment to birth something. Organic materials are a medium in there own right. The textures of wood, grains of sand, the way water moves on stone. I work at connecting the lines of my existence. 
I work at merging with the materials that make me. I work with bridging imagination and reality.

Collections of sand, unusual sticks, feathers and flint find their way into all parts of my life. My journeys are plagued and blessed with endless stops for snapshots of hills, or burned earth.

The Orb spider sets its trap
The vine reaches higher
The scarab rolls on

I’m in love with the moveable sculpture of flame and its primal core. When I work with fire I dance with nature. Embers rise and the ashes are scattered. Dust to dust, it is all a dance.

My art draws attention to landscapes, to causes, and to my own sight.
It asks people to see what has become a part of the wallpaper of their mind.
Mine is isolation, creation, contemplation, and integration.
Aspects of myself made physical not only by my work but also by the nature of my work.

It’s an act of passion and play. My life is woven with acts of admiration and from these, inspired creations.





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Member Since: Feb 18, 2013