Simon Ripley trained as a lawyer and worked for UNHCR representing asylum seekers arriving in London and latterly with Vietnamese boat people in Hong Kong. He retrained in art completing a degree in Fine Art at University of Plymouth. In 1996 he co - founded and is now a Director of Exeter’s Double Elephant Print Workshop.  DEPW is a community workshop offering teaching and access to printmaking. The workshop has developed a strong reputation for projects with adults who have mental health problems, working in schools, in prisons and with hard to reach communities.Simon makes mono print linocuts from his Crediton studio using an 1850’s Columbian Press. Recently he has been working with patients suffering from Dementia at Franklyn Hospital in Exeter and at Musgrave Park Hospital in Taunton. This work has informed his latest prints. The intention has been to capture a sense of memory and you will see in the work motifs which suggest rings through a tree, ripples in water or a labyrinth. Simon is also very interested in an exploration of colour relationships in his work.In June 2015 Simon worked for 6 weeks at Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas to make new editions of his work - moving away from monotype to produce new work in collaboration with Master Printers but again exploring a socially based subject. In November 2015 DEPW will host a symposium exploring new directions in printmaking. 

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