Simon Mckeown is a Fine Artist living in North Yorkshire but working internationally. His most recently exhibited work –
Motion Disabled: Faces that launched in 2013 at The Public in West Bromwich.
Motion Disabled: Unlimited, a London 2012 Festival project, has been shown nationally including at the South Bank Centre in London, Olympic Torch and Paralympic Torch events across the UK, as well as in galleries such as 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in North Lincolnshire and MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute for Modern Art.
As a result of Motion Disabled: Unlimited's huge success it is still touring at various indoor and outdoor locations globally, its most recent exhibition is at DOX, Prague which includes both the digital installation and a huge 10m tall inflatable.
Motion Disabled: Unlimited at DOX, Prague 2013
His earlier work Motion Disabled – has been shown internationally including the USA at the Smithsonian International Gallery. Simon’s work reflects his interest, knowledge and experience of Disability and in particular our view of ‘normality’ and ‘difference’. He was named DaDaFest International Artist of Year 2010-2011 with the award presented on the closing day of the festival at the Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool – England. Additional work for Motion Disabld was commisioned for the festival featuring performer Claire Cunningham which was then projected in both Liverpool and Glasgow as well as in over 20 other locations internationally.
During 2012 he has developed new material for several festivals, including M21 in Shropshire,Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival on the international production, Prometheus Awakes.
Prometheus Awakes, Greenwich 2012
Previous commissions include an 7 minute animation entitled ‘All for Claire’ which was completed for the festival and show nationally across the BBC City Centre Screens during November and December 2010. This short animation was recently awarded Best Experimental Film at Deaffest 2011.
He has over 20 years experience having worked commercially completing animation and special effects for film and television as well as working with computer games giant Atari.
Simon was recently featured on the BBC World Service arts programme' The Strand', and has had work featured on the BBC Two Culture Show.
He lives in North Yorkshire and works internationally. He is also a Reader in Post Production at Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK.