Jack Simcock


Jack Simcock was born on 6th June 1929 to a mining family in Biddulph, Saffordshire and studied at Burslem School of Art.  He is best known for "a long series of bleak, sombre oils on board" of the Mow Cop area in which he lived for much of his life.

Reginald Haggar, also an artist and old friend, highlighted the "richness of colour that underlies the seemingly black and white effects, glints of terracotta and old gold through steely grey" in an article in the Staffordshire Sentinel in 1963.

Simcock started exhibiting at London's Piccadilly Gallery from 1957 after encouragement from Arthur Berry and he went on to have more than fifty solo shows worldwide.

Simcock's autobiography, Simcock, Mow Cop (1975) discusses his life, his beliefs and his artistic preferences.  

Simcock died in May 2012 the evening before he was about to show in an exhibition titled "The Boys" at The Chancellors Gallery at Keele University, of his paintings which he had selected alongside Arthur Berry and Enos Lovatt.

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