Simon William’s work draws energy from the image-stimulation of this urban life. He invents aesthetic visual reference points, through the juxtaposition of folds of sweeping dynamic lines, which cross-cut-edit with sharp edges and squeegee flows.



“After Illusiion” an exhibition of progressive abstract painters from across the South West, including Iain Robertson, Clare Wardman, Tony Smith, Niamh Collins, Jeremy Diggle & Simon Williams,  Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall 2017

Porthmeor Studios Residencey April-June 2017 St Ives. 

Exhibition, Simon Williams & Jeremy Diggle, The Crypt, St Ives


1965 Born
1981-1990 Trained in Fine Art Painting
1990 Moved to London
1990-1993 “Spitting Image”  Animatronic Design Engineer
1993-1996 Lecturer at “Central School of Speech and Drama”, London, designed and ran the first UK course in Theatrical Prop Making, went on to be the head of the Technical Theatre Art Courses.
1996 – Onwards continues as a freelance Animatronic Design Engineer in the British Film Industry, with credits on numerous feature films from “Harry Potter” to the BAFTA award winning  “Star Wars” and working with many industry leaders such as the “Jim Henson Creature Shop”. 
2004 Relocated to Cornwall

2004 Studio, The Exchange Penzanze

2006 Acme studios, Porthleven

2007 Studio, Mabe Farm

2013- Onwards The Old Bakery Studios, Truro


  • 1989-90 MA Painting Nottingham Art College
  • 1984-87 BA Hons in Fine Art Painting, Loughborough College of Art and Design

Solo Shows

  • “Viscosity” Vitreous Contemporary Art, Truro, Cornwall 2007
  • “Dynamism” Vitreous Contemporary Art, Truro, Cornwall 2005
  • “New Works” Patterson Associates, Neasdon, London 1992
  • “Recent Drawings”,The Garden, Loughborough, Leicestershire 1990

Selected Group Shows

      • “John Moores Painting Prize”,Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2016
      • “Autogenous 2” The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall 2016
      • “Autogenous” PZ Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall 2016
      • ‎”The Salon 2″ Project 103 Art Gallery, Newquay, Cornwall 2016
      • “Gallery 49” Falmouth, Cornwall 2015
      • “Falmouth Art Gallery” Cornwall 2015
      • “Penwith Society Summer Exhibition” St Ives, Cornwall 2015
      • “The Salon” Project 103 Art Gallery, Newquay, Cornwall 2015
      • “Candid Arts Spring Salon” Islington, London 2015
      • “Limbo” Leth Cornwall Art Biennial The Old Coffin Store, Truro, Cornwall 2013
      • “Recent Paintings Old bakery Studios,Truro, Cornwall 2013
      • “Jacks Cows” Hall for Cornwall, Truro, Cornwall 2009
      • “Simon Williams and Vincent Rymer” Rainyday Gallery Penzanze, Cornwall 2006
      • “Bonhams Cornish Contempoary Art”, Trewithin, Cornwall 2005
      • “Fat Cat” Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall 2004
      • “Alternative Leonardo Exhibition” Gabriels Wharf, London 1990
      • “Art in the Park”, Clapham Common, London 1989
      • “Newpack”, Cline Associates Neasdon, London 1989
      • “Gadsby Drawing Prize”, Leicester 1989
      • “Mini Works”, Town Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire 1988
      • “Leicester Infirmary Exhibition” 1988
      • “Summer Show”, Nottingham City Artists, Nottingham 1988
      • “Lady Bird Drawing Competition” Loughborough, Leicestershire 1984
      • “Bilston Museum Group Exhibition” Bilston, West Midlands 1982

Selected Film Credits

  • 2017 A Cure For Wellness (senior animatronic designer)
  • 2015 Star Wars The Force Awakens (senior animatronic designer)
  • 2012/I Prometheus (senior animatronic designer)
  • 2012 Yoko (senior animatronic designer)
  • 2006 Children of Men (senior animatronic designer)
  • 2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (animatronic model designer)
  • 2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (animatronic model designer)
  • 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (animatronic engineer)
  • 2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (animatronics: additional shooting crew)
  • 2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (animatronic model designer) / (special effects technician)
  • 2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf (animatronic engineer)
  • 2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (TV Series) (animatronic engineer – 2 episodes)
  • 2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (animatronic engineer)
  • 1999 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie) (animatronic engineer – uncredited)
  • 1998 Lost in Space (key animatronic designer: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop)
  • 1996 Buddy (animatronic engineer)
  • 1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio (animatronic engineer)
  • 1996 La lengua asesina (animatronic engineer) Special effects (12 credits)


      •  Central School of Speech and Drama London 1993-96
      •  Royal College Of Art, London 1998
      •  Plymouth College of Art and Design, Plymouth 2007


 John Moores Painting Prize Catalogue 2016.

Manor Magazine 2017

Cornwall Today 2017

My Cornwall 2017