Simon Gilpin

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Issue: 2015-03-05 PHOTO: Rick Massie


Simon James Gilpin was born in Leeds, England in 1976.  His love of painting can be traced back to his earliest memories.  Visits to his grandmother’s house were always filled with the smell of turpentine and the paraphernalia of oil painting.  His grandmother’s work hanging alongside paintings by her brother, Richard Eurich (R.A.), a respected war artist, were strong early influences.

From the age of 15, Simon has been painting with oils after progressing from watercolours.  This love of painting led him to pursue higher education, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999 from Bretton Hall University in Wakefield, UK.  

 Simon enjoys working as a professional artist, teacher and gallery manager.  He has also had the privilege of organizing the visual arts for the Atlin Arts and Music Festival in Atlin, BC, attending an artist retreat at Dechenla Lodge in Northwest Territories, as well as having works purchased for the Haines Junction Visitor’s Centre and the Yukon Permanent Art Collection.  Simon continues to exhibit his work both in Canada and the UK, and is proud to call Yukon, Canada his home

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Issue: 2018-09-05, PHOTO: Submitted by Kari Lehr

It's no secret that Alberta artist Kari Lehr loves bears. You only need to look at her bright and expressive bear “portraits” to see she has an affinity with animals. Lehr, who lives in Crowsnest Pass, has developed quite a following in the Yukon... Read more

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Issue: 2018-01-24, PHOTO: Manu Kegenhoff

Bestiary, by Toronto-based artist Janet MacPherson, offers us a collection of porcelain animals, mostly bandaged or in pieces. Whitehorse artist Simon James Gilpin takes us for a walk through tangled thickets of oil paint and graffiti in... Read more

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Issue: 2015-03-05 PHOTO: Rick Massie

Before he met his wife, Simon Gilpin’s paintings were dreary — depicting cloudfilled skies. After, he created wide-open, blue-skied paintings. “I only just realized I did that.” Gilpin used to destroy work he didn’t like. Read more

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Did you know that the funky little metal house in Shipyards Park, the black one with the raven that your kids are always playing in, is part of the Yukon Permanent Art Collection? Read more

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Bold strokes of the present, intriguing photographs of the past: two new shows at Arts Underground offer you the Yukon in stereo.Simon Gilpin displays After the Fire at Arts Underground until Feb. 23, and The Andover-Harvard Yukon Expedition, 1948, Read more

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The view from the top of the Mackenzie Mountains has inspired a show of new artworks. The beauty of that setting also inspired the artists to donate their artworks to support a program that brings First Nation youth to the area for environmental educ Read more

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Flecks of gold sparkle in a miniature painting; jewelry made with a gem named 'fire citrine' creates a pool of golden light; the graceful swoops of porcelain pottery are delicately rimmed in gold. Read more

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