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.
These Jack Simcock paintings are in our November 11th Antique, Rare Pottery & Fine Art Sale.
Lot 873A – Jack Simcock oil painting ‘Trees and Houses’. signed & dated ’74 on front, Piccadilly Gallery label to reverse bears artist name, title of painting ‘ Middle Distance Landscape’, vendor name, and date July 1974. Measures 35cm x 60cm. Purchased from Piccadilly gallery by vendor, and bearing the Gallery label to reverse. Sale Price £800.00.
Lot 873B – Jack Simcock oil painting ‘Haystack’. signed & dated ’67 to front, Piccadilly Gallery label to reverse bears artist name, title of painting, vendor name, and purchase date Nov 1967. Measures 20 cm x 30 cm. Purchased from Piccadilly Gallery by vendor, and bearing the gallery label to reverse. Sale Price £520.00.
Lot 873C – Jack Simcock oil painting ‘Brick Shed and Wall’. signed & dated ’66 to front, bears partial Piccadilly Gallery label to reverse. Measures 19 cm x 34 cm. Purchased from Piccadilly Gallery by vendor. Sale Price £650.00.
Lot 873 – Jack Simcock oil painting ‘Shed & Figure’. signed & dated ’63 to front, gallery label to reverse bears artist name, title of painting, vendor name, and purchase date, Dec.1963. Measures 44cm x 75cm. Purchased from Piccadilly gallery by vendor, and bearing the gallery label to reverse. Sale Price £600.00.
Lot 919 – Jack Simcock 1929-2012 oil painting on board of a Mow Cop farmhouse in wood frame signed and dated 1966, board numbered 10766 to the reverse. Sale Price £650.00.
Lot 920 – Jack Simcock 1929-2012 oil painting on board of a mans head, dark in wood frame signed and dated 1962, board numbered 662 to the reverse 25.5 x 35.5cm. Sale Price £360.00.
Lot 921 – Jack Simcock 1929-2012, abstract oil painting on board of two naked ladies signed and dated 1962, board numbered 552 to the reverse 83.5 x 68cm. Sale Price £520.00.
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