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

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