Simon MacLeod's paintings (b. 1956) have been described as "fragile and subtle masterpieces." MacLeod uses a combination of delicate brushwork and muted earth tones blended together in a style reminiscent of the French Pointillists, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. These points fuse together to create brilliant canvases depicting a wide range of subjects, whether it is the warm summer light falling between the lush foliage in St. Stephen's Green or the stark contrast between the bare strand and wide open skies at Sandymount. In contrast to his peaceful and silent landscapes, MacLeod has also explored the mutual relationship between space and light in a series called "Nightfire". This series typically depicts one or two figures only, set beside a bright fire and surrounded by darkness. Using only the light from the fire itself to illuminate the figures, trees and windows, he creates a space which accurately expresses the feeling of human isolation, in contrast with the sense of comfort portrayed through the warmth of a fire. Many of MacLeod's paintings show influence of Charlie Brady's work, and like Brady, MacLeod has the ability to capture transience in delicate, quiet painterly expressions. The effects of light play a major role in his work, and although described as subtle and fragile they make a big impact. His style is truly unique and highly regarded, he has been awarded the Royal Trust of Canada Award for oil painting, and his work is included in several major public collections including Bank of Ireland, Royal Hospital, the Office of Public Works, and the Dublin Writers Centre at Parnell Square.