Simon Bull was born in Britain in 1958 to an officer of the British Army, which had the young boy traveling the world before he ever picked up a paint brush. By 1980, Bull earned his degree in Fine Art from Leeds Polytechnic School in the UK, having become a gifted observer of the world around him and putting it on canvas. Studying the cultural centers of Europe, the fringes of tropical rainforests, as well as classical Chinese brushwork, Bull developed his unique style and bold use of colors. He held his first one-man exhibition in Hong Kong at the age of eighteen, and his reputation has grown steadily since that 1978 showing.
His work is collected by royalty, presidents, museums and private collectors internationally, and in 2002, Bull was named an official artist of the 2002 Winter Olympics. In 2007 he was invited to create a series of paintings that celebrated the life of Muhammad Ali. Many of these works are now on permanent display in the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville Kentucky. He has also spoken on behalf of the Muhammad Ali Center at the Vancouver Film Festival for the premier of the movie “Facing Ali”.
In 2000, he won the British Fine Art Trade Guild award (Artist Print Award) for being the top selling original print artist in Great Britain. He was also short listed for the Fine Art Trade Guild’s Best Selling Published Artist Award in 1997 and again 2000.
Due in part to his own encounter with cancer in 2005, Simon Bull uses his artwork to support various causes, such as the American Cancer Society and Ronald MacDonald House Charities.