Simon Britnell

Figurative Art

November 10, 2020

Simon Britnell is a British contemporary automotive artist whose oil and digital paintings are particularly inspired by the stylish designs of the 1970s. For him, “this era celebrates iconic design with evocative classic vehicles and vibrant motorsport.” He first became a freelance artist in the 1980s, painting mainly landscapes, illustrations for publishing, and pet portrait commissions, but he also helped his father build many local homes. Seeing the game industry taking off, Britnell bought himself a computer, learning the skills needed to produce digital images. The effort paid off as he landed a job as a Computer Games Artist in Lincoln in 1993.

When the opportunity to further expand his career came, he moved with his family to West Sussex, where he joined Electronic Arts (EA Games UK), staying there for a decade and working on 3D game environments. In 2008, he ventured into 3D modeling and texture creation for film visual effects, working on movies such as Harry Potter - The Deathly Hallows Part 1, Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time, Maleficent, Guardians of the Galaxy and Oscar winners for Best Visual Effects – Hugo and Jungle Book. With children grown up and such a successful career, Simon Britnell found some time to return to “conventional” art, inspired by his love of iconic vehicles.