1933 - 2011

Born at Loughborough, Leicestershire on 12 November 1933, son of artist Herbert William Simpson (2 March 1907-1972) and his wife Elsie née Jagger (11 May 1905-1995), who married at Haslingden, Surrey in 1930 and in 1939 Herbert was a chief assistant art master, living at 69 Cairns Road, Sunderland with his wife and children. Ian was educated at Bede grammar school and studied at Sunderland College of Art 1950-1953 then at the Royal College of Art 1955-1958 and became an Abbey Travelling Scholar. He married in 1958, Joan Charlton and in the same year launched into a career as a freelance artist and illustrator, coupled with lecturing in art colleges becoming principal of St Martin's School of Art 1972-1988. After his first marriage was dissolved, he married in 1982 textile artist Birgitta Willcocks. A course consultant for Open College of the Arts and wrote for several publications, presenting a number of televison series on art and was the author of several books including 'The Challenge of Landscape Painting' (1990). A fellow and one-time president of the National Society for Art Education. An artist, writer and teacher he has exhibited at the Royal Acadamy Summer Exhibitions and has had a solo show at Chappel Galleries, Essex in 1994. A member of the Suffolk Group and lived at Motts Farm House, Chilton Street, Clare in Suffolk and died on 15 December 2011, being survived by two sons and a daughter from his first marriage.

Works by This Painter