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These powerful oil paintings blend figures with abstract kineticism

We are really keen on these motion-packed paintings by Simon Birch. The UK-born artist combines elements of photorealistic highlights with a looser style that boarders on Cubist. His oil paintings place his models on abstract backgrounds, sometimes collating several figures onto a single canvas.

Each work by the Hong Kong-based painter is infused with a sense of motion, using rushing lines and distinct blurring to make it seem as though all his subject matter is intensely kinetic and the models unable to sit still long enough to be painted. The resulting images catch the eye and hold it, giving more each time you look.

In 2007 Birch won the Louis Vutton Asian Art award and has been featured in The Guardian, New York Times and Timeout. Alongside painting he has also more recently moved into the fields of film and installation, which can only be a good thing in our opinion.

Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch
Simon Birch

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Milo Sumner is a day-dreamer, living and breathing in London. When feeling low, he tends to cut loose and chase after dogs in the park. Otherwise he can usually be found pondering what to have for lunch.