Simon Sonsino is a British calligrapher and textual artist who specialises in abstract expressionist art using calligraphy and all aspects of letterform. Textual Art highlights just one aspect of his creative output. He also produces commercial work including hand-painted stationery and illustrated books under the name Art Ink.
He is always looking to enhance his art and evolve his style by researching different media, recently exploring botanical art. He has studied with world-renowned calligraphers including Gaynor Goffe, Peter Thornton, Yukimi Annand, Satwinder Sehmi and Gemma Black. His influences include Thomas Ingmire and Denis Brown, but he pays attention to any artist who creates works with aesthetic impact.
The open-days and workshops at Simon’s studio in the UK have seen hundreds of students and visitors getting to grips with his unique vision of textual art in the 21st century. He also works alongside local artists to help introduce letterform into their chosen medium, such as textiles and clay. Because of his unique style and approach, Simon is regularly called on as a demonstrator and workshop leader, notably for the largest arts festival of its kind in Europe: Art In Action (2015 & 2016).
In this workshop we explore abstract calligraphy with expressive form and will work through a set of exercises creating marks with different writing tools, objects and inks.
You don’t need any calligraphic experience as this isn't a workshop that relies on straight lines, neat handwriting or legibility.
Simon's website is at www.simonsonsino.com
Here are some examples of work produced by students at Simon's workshops