Artist Statement

Simmon Factor’s recent series of paintings vibrate with color, texture and pattern. In them, compositions are constructed around forms which call to mind sacred architecture and geometry. The unique collage and painterly style fill the surfaces with transformative and visual harmonies of color. Therein is a strange and wonderful beauty.
 
The mystery and freedom of art allows the deep questions to penetrate. Ideas in these works are visually expressed about our relationship to nature and to other beings. In these improvisational works nature, people and culture take forms symbolic and mythic. They are an artistic bridge spanning the sacredness of life. Physically and visually, these collaged paintings create a psychological connection interpreting nature and humankind in an aesthetic experience.

Bio

Executive Director of Santa Rosa Arts Center
Artist, curator, entrepreneur, teacher
Art studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA degree Northeastern Illinois University 1985.

  • Since 1970, created innumerable paintings, collages and assemblages, prints, photographs and drawings, of which only a fraction can be represented within the limits of a website.
  • 1980-1992 worked in graphic arts and design in Chicago and the West Coast.
  • In 1993, he opened Village Art Supply in Santa Rosa, California, a resource to generations of professional artists, students and crafters.
  • After selling the store in 2012, he opened Chroma Gallery in Santa Rosa’s SOFA Arts District.
  • He is currently the Executive Director of the Santa Rosa Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which he founded in 2017.