Simon Ripley is co-founder and now a Director of Exeter’s Double Elephant Print Workshop. Double Elephant, now in its 20th year, is a community workshop offering teaching and access to printmaking. The workshop has developed a strong reputation for printmaking projects with vulnerable adults, printmaking in schools, in prisons and with hard to reach communities. Recently Simon has been working with patients suffering from Dementia at Franklyn Hospital in Exeter and with men at risk of suicide in Torbay.
Simon makes mono print linocuts from his garden studio using an 1850’s Columbian Press. His community based work inspires an artistic response in his own prints – his use of strong motifs and colours. The aim is to create work which allows for contemplation and Simon hopes that the audience for his work will find connections, memories and stories of their own in his work.
Simon grew up in Leicestershire and went to school in Lutterworth. Having studied Fine Art at Plymouth University he has now settled with his family in the South West.
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I was lucky enough to find myself at Fosse House Gallery a few weeks ago. The knowledgeable and friendly owner Shenac, has a wonderful eye and her creative space was packed full of delightful art and gifts. I couldn’t resist leaving without several packets of her delightful signature ‘bee’ cards. I will definitely be back.
Nikki L, near Rugby
Just to say a very big thank you for the excellent framing of our picture, and for all the helpful suggestions and ideas, and good advice – we really love the result! It looks like a totally new picture, it seems to have brought it to life. We will be back.
Ruth & Rod, near Rugby
You have done a great job of framing our Dior vintage poster – after many years we are now about to enjoy it! Excellent Jonny!! Lovely gallery, we wish you every success.
Michael C, Rugby
Just had 2 pictures framed of my artwork and am SO pleased with how professional they now look! Jonny was so helpful and took time helping me choose the right frame & knew exactly what I wanted. I’m a novice at this, but Jonny made me feel not only great for such a good job he made on framing my work, but gave my confidence a bit of a boost! Definitely bringing my artwork here again. Thanks Jonny! See you soon! Give Sox a cuddle from me.
Amanda H, Rugby
Thanks for doing such a great job with the Hockney print. It’s now hanging in the hall for all to see and looks fabulous.