A CONTEMPORARY artist will make an appearance at an art gallery in Reading, this weekend.

Stephen Simpson’s latest art collection will be showcased at Castle Fine Art in Reading on Saturday August 10 from 1pm-3pm.

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The collection, Efflorescence, is inspired by the elemental aspects of nature and will be on display at the gallery on Chain Street for a further week following the event.

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Simpson’s application of heavy texture blurs the boundary between 2D and 3D sculpture, presenting a unique depiction of light, colour and energy.

He was drawn to art from an early age and was introduced by his A Level teacher to the work of Frank Auerbach.

Since then, Simpson has always been fascinated by the way paint is applied to canvas and how different methods can create various effects.

Speaking about Efflorescence, Mr Simpson said: “The nature of my work is so organic it sometimes takes on a life of its own.

“Before creating this collection I knew I wanted it to be bold with colour but in keeping with my style, which has naturally developed over the last five years.

“It had to retain the illusion of light in each painting, giving movement and depth.”

Kevin Goodbody, gallery manager at Castle Fine Art, Reading, said: “Efflorescence is boldly conceived and skilfully created and pays homage to the origins of Abstract Impressionism.

“Stephen’s unconventional application of paint presents his audience with an unmatched floral composition, a theme that has recently become synonymous with his art.

“His work is truly stunning and needs to be viewed in person to be fully appreciated.’’