Simon Anthony James Blackwood, born 1948
1965/67 Colchester School of Art
1967/70 Coventry School of Art
1970/71 worked in London as assistant to Mike Sandle (sculptor) and Barbara Reis (Art historian) on her book on WM Turner.
1971/72 Studied at the Academy for Continuous Education under John G. Bennett.
There met Gerald Wilde (Bloomsbury set) cared for him for a number of years and was in touch with him until his death in 1986.
1972/80 Founder member of the Beshara Design Centre, The Industrial Buildings Preservation Trust and Rotherhythe Workshops Ltd., in London. Raised funds and organised the conversion of a group of Docklands Warehouses for the purpose of artists and designers studios and as a centre for Dance and the Performing Arts. In 1976 The Riverside Dance Centre opened there with the first performance of Leonnide Massines' ballet 'The Song of the Reed' based on the opening Stanza of Jelaleddin Rumi's Mathnawi.
1976 Studied at the Beshara School of Intensive Esoteric Education in Gloucestershire.
1976/78 Worked at the BSIEE and travelled extensively in Europe and the near east.
1979/80 Attended the 2nd course at the Beshara School in Scotland. Afterwards ran a successful restaurant in Oxford.
1981 Moved to the Scottish Borders to set up a studio/gallery and a picture conservation business.
1988 - 98 Establishes a new studio overlooking the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.
1989 Commissioned to live in Provence to work on a series of seven paintings for the interior of the recently restored Chateau du Tourreau, Vaucluse.
2008 Built Eco-studio in the Scottish Borders.
ONE MAN EXHIBITIONS
1985 Dundas Gallery, Carlisle - 'Bus-stop' series;
1986 Netherbow Arts Centre, Carlisle - 'Aquatic Light' series;
1988 – 2000 permanent exhibition at Kingham House, Cotswolds;
1989 Anthony Mould Ltd, New Bond Street, London - 'the Beauties of the Bosphorus' series;
1991 Micheal Parkin Fine Art Ltd, Motcombe Street, London - oils and pastels; 1992 William Hardy Gallery, Glasgow;
1992 Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, Oxon.;
1993 Kusav Arts - Istanbul, Turkey;
1994 Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, Oxon.;
1996 Cynthia Bourne Gallery, Cork St. London;
2006 Foss Fine Arts, London;
2009 Art Amatoria, Edinburgh.
Many group shows in Scotland, England and Istanbul.
SOME REPRESENTATIVE COLLECTIONS
The Fleming Collection, Nomura International, Breakthrough Technologies, The Sabanci family Corporation (Turkey),
Mr & Mrs Dobbs-Higginson (France),
Mr & Mrs William Mellen (France),
Mr & Mrs Nicholas Ward (UK),
Mr Peter Webster (NY City),
Mr S. Farrell (Boston USA),
Ms. Halide Kasan (Colorado USA),
Mr S Kurita (Tokio Japan), Mr Dobbs-Higginson (Provence France),
Mr & Mrs R. Waddington (Ardeche France),
Ms. S Karaaslan (Istanbul Turkey),
Mr & Mrs A. Buchan (Scotland).