Shaun in the City Artist - Simon Tozer

Monday, August 10, 2015
Simon's raspberry inspired Shaun 'Jarsberry Ram' has really pipped the other sheep to the post this year! Having already having painted a delicious strawberry themed Gromit, aka Gromberry, in 2013 he's a dab hand at this now. Let's find out a little more about Simon and his beautiful Shaun....
Please can you introduce yourself and tell us about your work?
My name is Simon Tozer, and l am a printmaker. I make my own screenprints, and sometimes print for other people. I do some illustration, and teach screen printing from my workshop at Centrespace, just off Corn Street.
What was your inspiration when designing your Shaun?
When l saw the unpainted Shaun sculpture, the word 'raspberry' appeared in my brain almost immediately. I painted Gromberry, the strawberry Gromit for the Gromit Unleashed Trail in 2013, so from strawberry to Raspberry wasn’t much of a leap of the imagination.
Where is your Shaun located?
Outside The Pumphouse on the Harbourside.
What is your favourite design (aside from yours!)
It has to be Shaun on the Cob.  My wife painted it but that's not why l'm saying it - it's really good.
If you could change one thing for the better in the city what would it be?
I'd build a public lido in the centre of town. Maybe in that pointless roundabout where the war memorial is, although that might be too small. But open air public swimming - why does bristol not already have this? And pedalos in the harbour!
The Bristol 2015 tagline is "initforgood". What are you "initfor" in 2015? 
l have a half allotment in St Werburghs and l'm init quite a lot, hopefully for good.
Tell us about an upcoming exhibition or a project you are you currently working on? 
I'm currently working on some prints on a bit of a maritime theme for Heals.

Thanks Simon, some great ideas there i'm sure we'd all love a pedalo around the stunning harbour! Make sure to look out for 'Jasberry Ram' along the Harbourside! 

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