Simeon Stafford

Hotly tipped: the next ‘great’ of the art world” Tatler, January 2019

Matchstick figures and high-density, people-crammed scenes are what make Simeon Stafford’s paintings resemble those of 20th-century ‘great’, LS Lowry. 

Stafford, too, was born a northerner. His paintings are a delight – very much like Lowry with their higgledy-piggledy chaos, but joyfully different capturing the bright southern British vistas of St Michael’s Mount and windsurf strewn St Ives.

His heart-warming and highly distinctive style have made him one of the UK’s most recognised artists. Accordingly, he has exhibited at the Royal Academy, and his work is held in numerouspublic and private collections, including that of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Simeon Stafford is an observer of real life, his paintings are crammed full of incidents and accidents, bustling scenes of human interaction, a happy
dialogue of work and play. You will discover re-occurring figures, skipping Ruby with pigtails, Dot, the little girl cartwheeling across the canvas (his aunt as a child), sometimes a man with red stripy trousers marching through a crowd leading a small boy by the hand (Simeon with his son) and lastly Trixie the family jack russell who lived until she was 28.

Born in the 1950’s in Manchester, Stafford was introduced to Lowry after winning a school award for art aged just 14, after which Lowry practically took him under his wing. In 1972-1973 he studied art at Hyde College and in 1974 he turned professional and began exhibiting his work successfully in numerous places including The Royal Academy.

Unlike Lowry, Stafford ventured south to balmy Cornwall in his forties and while the influence of Lowry’s style is evident in Stafford’s simple figures and densely populated scenes, his painting style is contrastingly upbeat, and is defined by an uplifting palette of rainbow colours.

Locations become a fusion of the artist’s actual environment subtly mixed with snippets of landmarks from his past, creating his distinctive style. Simeon Stafford’s subjects include docks and their works, holiday seaside scenes and streets crammed with children playing. An essence that captures the excitement and expectation, of a day seen through children’s eyes.