Jack Simcock was born in Staffordshire in 1929. His paintings are instantly recognisable due to their stark monochromatic tones. For many years he lived in the village of Mow Cop (on the border between Cheshire and Staffordshire), and between 1956 and 1977 he repeatedly depicted it in his work. There
Simcock manages to capture the desolate nature of this landscape masterfully. Although at
It is this humanity within the works that prevents them from seeming entirely bleak. The electricity cables that feature repeatedly in his paintings testify to the fact that light is present in his work, be it indirectly.
The paintings exude a melancholy, timeless beauty. Simcock uses light to dramatic effect creating intricate and delicate outlines of tree branches and contrasting them evocatively against a pale grey sky. His paintings belie a stillness that invites introspection and privileges the viewer by enabling them to observe what in essence amounts to a private landscape.
Sonia Roe, Freelance Editorial Consultant