Stuart Sim was born in Orkney in 1955. He trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee (1974-79) and was awarded the Duncan of Drumfork Travelling Scholarship, the John Milne Purvis Award for Painting, and a highly commended notation at postgraduate level. Art tutors Alberto Morrocco and David Mclure, first inspired the vibrant colour and sensuous application of paint still evident in his work. After receiving the Elizabeth Greenshields Award in 1979 there followed a year in Paris (1979-80) at the Sir Stanley William Haytrer Attelier, where he was introduced to the colour etching process-producing work, which formed part of a traveling group exhibition.
From 1983 to 1994 he worked for the BBC in London as a Scenic Artist/Designer, and thereafter as a freelance artist for the independent film studios. He also undertook a number of private commissions including portraits.
In 1991, he moved to Glasgow where he lectured at the Metropolitan College in Art and Design and Fine Art and continued to paint and exhibit. A regular contributor to the Glasgow Art Fair he was also the recipient of the Arnold Clark Award from the Paisley Art Institute (2000)
In 2004, he returned to Orkney setting up a studio and exhibition area in Finstown, lecturing part time at Orkney College. He is currently working on a project with the writer Morag McInnis to create a complimentary exhibition, which will encompass historical and contemporary aspects of Orkney life. He most recently exhibited at the exhibition ‘A Hundred Years of Scottish Painting’ with Panter and Hall in London.
'I feel that I have traveled full circle, where the past and the present overlap and exchange. In a reconsideration of landscape, and the figure, I want to respond to memory and atmosphere'
Influences his work include: Titian, Turner, Bonnard, Kitaj, Matisse, and Hoppe
r2006 Artist/ Part time lecturer Orkney College
2004 Course Tutor HNC Fine Art
2003 Teaching Qualification (Further Education): Postgraduate Dundee University
1995 - 2004 Lecturer Glasgow Metropolitan College
1991-1994 Lecturer (Part-Time) Cardonald College
1988 -1994 Freelance scenic Artist / Designer
1983 -1987 British Broadcasting Corporation Television Centre, London Scenic Artist, Scenic Artists Manager (Acting)
1979 -1980 Elizabeth Greenshields Award
1974 -1979 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Duncan of Drumfork
Travelling Scholarship John Milne Purvis Award for Painting
Post Graduate Certificate in Drawing and Painting
1973 Dundee College of Commerce
1966 - 1972 Stromness Academy, Orkney
Born 9th February 1955, Finstown, Orkney