R. DALE SIMMONS
R. Dale Simmons, born in 1968 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in the same city. His artistic oeuvre encompasses a wide range of disciplines, primarily focusing on oil painting and works of art on paper. Simmons is adept at utilizing traditional techniques and mediums, often employing oil painting on linen and birch panels utilizing methods reminiscent of the old masters. He is also proficient in creating works of art on paper mounted on birch panels. Best known for his diverse artistic endeavors, Simmons' practice spans not only in oil painting but also in watercolor, graphite drawings, photography, furniture design, music production, and songwriting. His work is particularly noted for its strong sense of mood and verisimilitude, often exploring themes such as solitude, the void, and the nature of the unseen world. In his primary discipline, oil painting, Simmons' style is a unique blend, positioning itself between the High Realism of artists like Alex Colville, Christopher Pratt, and Dan Price Brown, and the photorealistic painters of the 1970s.
Simmons' art is characterized by a profound exploration of subject matter that often blurs the lines between the recognizable and the abstract. Many of his highly rendered works are derived from his macro photography practice. These pieces frequently feature highly magnified floral, plant, and insect subjects, rendered in such intricate detail that they sometimes transcend immediate recognition, acquiring an abstract quality. This approach underscores Simmons' ongoing thematic focus on bridging the gap between the seen and unseen worlds. His ability to imbue ordinary subjects with a sense of mystery and depth is a hallmark of his artistic style, inviting viewers to delve deeper into the nuances of his compositions and the themes they encapsulate.