reporter/photographer: Miguel Dominguez
On September 18, Soho Contemporary Art introduced Rich Simmons' first show in America, who after three successful shows in the U.K., decided to bring his latest works to the New York art scene.
Born in Peterborough in 1986, Rich Simmons now resides in London and is completely self taught; he is proud to be trail blazing a whole new genre of art-a fusion of street and pop art often inspired by retro, vintage style '50s imagery with pin ups, with silver era comic books having a prominent role in the work. The use of his bold color palette, hand drawn and hand cut stencils, drop shadow illusions and reclaimed billboards that have been pulled down from the streets are proving Rich is both an innovator and a highly collectable artist. Rich's work first exploded onto the commercial art scene with a street art piece celebrating the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. The piece entitled 'Future ***King' depicted the royal couple as Sid & Nancy of the Sex Pistols, capturing the feelings of a nation in a fresh and witty manner. Images of the work reached a global audience within hours of its completion.
|Rich chatting with admirers|