I was born in south-east London, the younger son of parents who commuted to work each day on the train. Like them I commuted on the train to school each weekday - and on Saturdays too, when I began classes at Camberwell School of Art aged about fifteen. In the sixth form I also attended evening life classes at Goldsmith's School of Art.
Leaving school in 1975 I went to the Slade School of Art for four years. After that I spent a year in Italy on an Italian Government Scholarship when I was enrolled in the Accademia delle Belli Arti's Scuola del Nudo in Florence. After a year or two trying to balance various jobs with painting in a SPACE studio that I had converted from an office building in Surrey Docks, I taught in an Independent boarding school for seven years. I had my first solo shows in Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire galleries and started showing with the Royal Watercolour Society in 1992.
I moved to Aberystwyth to take up an academic post as art tutor in 1992. Several artist residencies in Australia and the United States followed. I became an associate of the RWS in 2003, full member in 2007 and served as vice-president 2009-2012. In 2005 I was elected an artist associate member of the Alpine Club and in 2014 I became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I retired from Aberystwyth University in 2016 to paint full-time.
Simon Pierse's work is in private collections in Australia, Europe, UK and USA and in the following public collections:
Alpine Club; Dunmoochin Foundation; Heritage Malta; La Trobe University;
MOMA Wales; National Library of Wales; Qingdao Art Museum; Royal Collection;
RWS Diploma Collection; School of Art Collection, Aberystwyth;
University College London