Simon Roots is an emerging Queensland artist working and residing in Brisbane. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006. As part of his degree, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia during 2004. As well as devoting much of his time to his art practice, Roots has since gone on to teach art at the Brisbane North Institute of TAFE. He has been selected as a finalist in several national art awards including 2008 LAUNCH Clayton Utz Travelling Art Scholarship, the 2008 Heysen Prize for Interpretation of Place, and has four times been a selected finalist in the Churchie Emerging Art Exhibition. In 2006 he won first prize in the St Joseph’s Nudgee College Art Festival.
Roots’ recent works focus on the exploration of the figure in the urban landscape, and the relationships people have with their physical and psychological environment. Roots says “I like to explore the themes that help us construct our version of reality and how varied these ideas can be. The viewer has an opportunity to interpret and apply their own narratives to the subject of the artworks”.