Simon McWilliams received a BFA from Royal Art Academy in London in 1998. Prior to that he studied at University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
His latest series, The New Metropolis, takes inspiration from the classic films of Fritz Lang and Pieter Brueghel’s Tower of Babel. The paintings are a deliberate allusion to the fact and fantasy of a rapidly changing environment in Belfast.
McWilliams clothes the strangeness of the new city in resplendent color, invoking majesty rather than its more “dehumanizing” characteristics. McWilliams strives to implant new energy into paint that enlivens and becomes part of the newly emerging buildings he depicts.
His work has been exhibited worldwide.