Simon McWilliams (1970) Studied painting at the Royal Academy Schools in London, he has received almost 30 awards for his paintings in the last 20 years including the Guinness Award at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, a Major Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Perpetual Gold Medal and Silver Medals from the Royal Ulster Academy.
For more than 30 years Simon McWilliams has proven himself to have a unique painterly voice gathering accolades and awards in the USA, London and Ireland.
His last three solo shows have been in Santa Fe, Los Angeles and more recently his home Belfast.
Shana Nys Dambrot, writing in the Huffington Post, says
"McWilliams is looking at ordinary cement, rebar, polyurethane, and debris, but he's using paint and saturated color to understand it; melding natural, industrial, and emotional phenomena into a singular expressive construct prompting our attention to not only what we see, but how we see it."
Shana Nys Dambrot, Los Angeles 2013