Dukinfield artist Simeon Stafford’s second retrospective exhibition opens at the Tameside art Gallery "It's colourful up North" reflects on Tameside, where he was brought up, and Cornwall, where he now lives.
Born in Dukinfield in 1956, Simeon attended St John’s Primary School. His father, Fred, encouraged his interest in art and bought him some oil paints when he was seven. He regularly took him to visit art exhibitions in Manchester and when he was eight, Simeon met Lowry, who praised one of his drawings.
He attended West Hill where he was taught by Owen Traynor who recognised his talent and encouraged him to develop his skills. At 14 the school entered him for the Robert Owen Art Prize and he came second in the portrait section.
After leaving school at 16, Simeon worked in various manual jobs before establishing a successful tyre-fitting business. He moved to Cornwall in 1996 and remains there with his partner, Alice. Simeon’s work is in numerous private collections including those belonging to the Queen. He has exhibited in the Royal Academy summer show.
For more information contact: Garry Smith, Tameside Museums and Galleries, 0161 343 2878,
Central Art Gallery, Old Street, Ashton, OL6 7SG - 0161 342 2650. Gallery open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am to 12.30pm and 1 to 4pm. Thursday 1 to 7pm. Saturday: 10am to 1pm. The exhibition runs until February 28.