Simon Stockley has been making art for well over 40 years, he attended Elam School of Fine Arts in ’79 where he was lectured by Robert Ellis, Dick Frizzell and Don Binney. Simon’s art during this time was quite eclectic but verging on pop art with multiple references but mainly the cinema, Simon also began painting murals while at Elam one still stands today the Southern Right Whales on Dominion Road, which he was invited back to repaint in 2001. Throughout the 80’s Simon became a freelance illustrator creating a lot of editorial illustrations for publications like Pacific Way, NZ Business and Metro. During the 80’s and 90’s Simon work became much more vivid and he began using Photoshop to create many of his illustrations and in the mid 90’s started using a very low cost but effective CGI application called Bryce. For 17 years Simon did the visual marketing for the Urge Bar in Auckland. For the last 10-15 years Simon has focused on CG images, initially using them as references for painting but recently have become finished works never anticipating using this kind of software to create his art when he first began.