Providence Gallery located in historic Myers Park, in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibition, Anthology: 2001 – 2011, featuring a series of impressionistic paintings by well known Charlotte clothier and artist Paul Simon. This show celebrates the tenth anniversary of Simon’s painting career and will be on view from April 1-30, 2011. The exhibition will kick off with an opening reception with the artist on Friday, Apr. 1 from 6-9pm.

Simon describes himself as a colorist, explaining that just as his business involves constantly working with assorted fabrics to find the right combinations for clothing, in his role as artist he is also continuingly playing with color. He is always searching for the correct synthesis that will allow him to create a rendition of his chosen subject that will accurately convey the image as seen through his eyes.

A frequent traveler, Simon collects source material for his paintings from his photographs. The Anthology exhibit will include landscapes from Provence, Sicily and Tuscany, as well as regional locales including the North Carolina Mountains and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Figurative and floral still life works are also featured in this inclusive show.

Simon has long been a patron of the arts in Charlotte; for example, for three consecutive years Charlotte’s annual Art with Heart live auction to benefit United Family Services’ domestic violence programs has opened with one of Simon’s signature “Rooster” paintings; he titles each of these pieces, Coq au Vin and creates them exclusively for that auction.

Due to Simon’s vibrant palette, unique interpretations and distinctive impressionistic style his paintings are highly sought after. This will be Simon’s third solo show with Providence Gallery and each one has been a sell-out! Simon is donating proceeds from the exhibition to various community art events and organizations.

Simon had always wanted to try his hand at fine art painting and ten years ago, he came to the decision that the time had come. He began studying with Andy Braitman at the Braitman School in Charlotte. Simon has not only found the artistic outlet he was searching for but comments that the most surprising aspect of his painting career has been the warm, positive reception his artwork has received from the public and his loyal clientele.

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