Simon Fleming is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice revolves around concepts of place and fabricated identities. He was trained in Fine Art at the University of Guelph and Illustration at Sheridan College, Ontario. Inspired by his international experience, he mines source materials from both personal narratives and public historical contexts, collaging various mediums and methods to create new conversations. His art often avoids intentional visual cues, but instead relies on emotive qualities of colours, structures, and material applications to investigate ideas around space and selfhood. The appearance of Simon’s mixed-media paintings is often a result of wandering from representational to abstract and back again, as he reflects upon the visual and physical environments around him. Simon has exhibited across Canada and internationally in Ireland, France, Germany, the UK, Sweden and Chile. He currently lives and works in Vancouver.
In his series Vancancy/No Vacancy, Simon presents two derelict homes as catalysts for numerous narratives of tenants past. After coming across the two properties in Galway, Ireland and in Vancouver, he found a curiosity in the stories that would be found within these residences – stories that would change with each new occupant. The two repeated structures act as windows revealing histories and personalities of previous residents now long gone.