About Simon Drew
Simon Drew opened his Dartmouth gallery in 1981 and will continue to produce his unique
(and some say quirky) drawings for a long time to come. Some of the drawings are put onto
greetings cards, mugs, aprons, teatowels, tablemats, coasters and other items (see our Mail Order Catalogue section.)
The humour and wit of his pun illustrations is well known and his books of illustrated nonsense verse testify to this.
However, there is also a more serious side to his work. The drawings that remain in their original form (rather than those produced for greetings cards and other products) are graphic representations of his idiosyncratic view of the world.
Simon is a trained zoologist and much of his work features wildlife, but a creature might be depicted in an unusual environment or with bizarre accoutrements – whilst otherwise staying faithful to the basic anatomy of the animal.
A strong influence on his approach to art has been Paul Klee, agreeing with that artist’s stated aim of “trying not to reproduce the visible but to make visible”.
Simon is nevertheless a self-declared humourist – describing himself as “half artist, half wit” (ever the keen punster.) He has a sharp sense of the absurd and loves to create incongruous images, but tries not to resort to simple caricature.
He is prolific, producing new illustrations for greetings cards every month. In the Mail Order Catalogue section of this website there are details of how to join his subscription club and receive these card designs as soon as they are published.
Simon Drew exhibits in his own gallery and in the Chris Beetles Gallery, St James, London.
The publishers of his books are ACC in Suffolk, and in the USA his cards are published in Salt Lake City and distributed by Sugarhouse Designs.