Anthony Simonds-Gooding


I was born in Dublin on 10 September 1937 and then raised in the Kingdom of Kerry.

I spent my working life in business around the world. In 1997, aged 60, I decided to take up painting, for which I had always felt I had a talent, but no time to dedicate to it.

Although never formally trained, I had spent 30 years at business meetings doodling my colleagues' faces around the table. This, added to my affection for the Kerry countryside, has qualified me to concentrate on paintings of faces and places from the west of Ireland.

I have taken part in many shared exhibitions in London and Ireland. My first one-man show was at The Guinness Hop Store in Dublin (2002), sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger. These days I am kept busy supplying a growing base of private clients.

My work concentrates on the characterful faces that abound in County Kerry - at fairs, race meetings, cattle markets - and I am now expanding my subject matter to other parts of the world which enjoy similar characteristics to those I witness in Kerry.