Joanne Simon

Flying Colors

20 x 25 Monotype with Chine-collé and Graphite, 2021


I am a Londoner living in Boston. While I’ve been here for 20 years, I still bring an outsider’s eye to American life.

I try to create works that are thought provoking. The themes I explore are often – though not always – inspired by cultural currents.

My work includes monotype series with subjects drawn from a range of topical and historical themes, including Narcissus, Nike (the Greek goddess of Victory), Empire (a cultural nexus between Russia and America), and Border Lines, which reflects on the cruelty of the intentional separation of families crossing the southern U.S. border. My Dance & Movement series explores the beauty and ephemera of movement, from the effortless play and dance of leaves, to the lithe elegance and gestural grace of ballet.

In my Butterflies series, I examine the intricate, fragile glory of butterflies, creatures threatened by climate change, plain in youth, beautiful in old age, and fly carefree across every man-made border.

My Breathing Fire series reflects my concerns about fires – both in nature and society – that threaten our future, exploring how climate change underlies and amplifies the uncertainty and distress we feel about the present, despite the opportunity we have to change things for the better.

The series Dogs and Children Don’t See Color expresses my reaction to racist violence and injustice, drawing inspiration from the non-judgmental innocence of dogs and children, which offers hope for a kinder, more just society.

Love Eternal, conveys my belief that for many during the pandemic, love has emerged as an enduring and motivating force that helps us more clearly and deeply appreciate life and one another.

In Amazing Grace: Precious Wings, I used images of brightly colored Amazonian birds on the wing to convey the spirit of liberation, love, hope, redemption and rebirth embodied in these magnificent creatures, which are threatened by deforestation and climate change.

I am based at Joy Street Studios and print at Mixit Print Studio in Somerville.



London, England


Wimbledon Art School, London, England

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel


Joy Street Studios, Somerville, MA

Mixit Print Studio, Somerville, MA


Oct. 2021

Amazing Grace: Precious Wings, solo show, Honeyjones Gallery, Cambridge, MA

Feb. 2021

Nudes, group show, Honeyjones Gallery, Cambridge, MA

Oct.-Nov. 2020

Color Light Soul, group show, Honeyjones Gallery, Cambridge, MA

2019 & 2021

Solo exhibits, Urban Hearth restaurant, Cambridge, MA

Dec. 2019

Selections from Mixit Print Studios, Brickbottom Art Gallery, Somerville, MA

Sept. 2019

CYG Group Show, Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA


Somerville Open Studios

First Look Exhibits, Somerville Museum, Somerville, MA


Somerville Open Studios, Somerville, MA


Works in private collections


March 2019

All-School Show, judge for printmaking, MassArt, Boston, MA

Gallery Representation:

Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA