Kirsten Sims

“I often start off a painting wondering where the story will unfold – so to me place is very important, whether real or imagined.”

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About Kirsten Sims

Born and bred in Mossel Bay, South Africa, Kirsten Sims is an artist with a theatrical and exaggerated style, combining the seemingly ordinary with a curious twist to reveal the whimsy of everyday life.

Inspired by her travels, Sims plays the role of stage director through her work: creating the backdrop, setting the mood and introducing the actors which range from people to trees, houses, boats, pets, exotic animals, deck chairs or peanut butter sunsets. Between the set, the actors and the title of the work, Sims tries to see how much of a story she can tell in a single image. She enjoys exploring the relationship between image and text, to approach every picture as a new story to tell.

After completing her first degree in 2011, Kirsten spent a year on a self-motivated project called ‘A Drawing a Day’ which challenged her to post a new illustration to her blog every day and led to her first group exhibition of many at Salon 91 in Cape Town. Kirsten Sims completed her Honours degree in Illustration at Stellenbosch University (2014) and recently collaborated on a 2015 calendar with Anthropologie.

 

Recent Press:
Canadian Art Junkie: Middle of Nowhere: The Canadian Edition