New Media gallery

Three Flash animations by Simon Millgate


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Simon Millgate calls his Flash art "web easel" animations. He writes, "I was born in England in 1963, studied fine art at Coventry University 1983-86, and lived in Scotland 1987-1997 where I spent a lot of time climbing and wandering in the highlands. This is where most of my inspiration comes from. As an artist I worked in traditional mediums, mainly drawing and painting until 1997, when I discovered Adobe Photoshop which revolutionised image-making for me. Although I am now using digital means and living in London, predominantly the themes and ideas of my work are the same: always working with natural forms and surfaces to discover fresh means of image-making. Nature appears to have an infinite number of styles. The way rock is formed or the manner in which a tree grows is a unique 'style' in the same way as an artist has a style unique to himself. In the web easel pieces I have tried to model certain simple principles in actionscript such as a basic landscape with strata and sky, or simple life forms. These pieces generate themselves according to a programmed style but there are enough random elements to make each generation unique. I like to think of these pieces as equivalents of nature and not just static representations."

Simon Millgate's website