From Material Issue Brochure Essay, 1998 Elmhurst Art Museum By John Brunetti.
"Simon Casson knows all about the technique of the gods, the fascination of that which is offered and then at the crucial moment withdrawn. It is not that he designs his paintings to torment us, but in an era which regards ambiguity, whether in literature or in the visual arts, as a positive quality, a violently divided response to what is put in front of us becomes the rule rather than the exception. Then there is also the new model of "deconstruction". How Casson tantalises us is to construct what appears to be a classical composition - a nude in a landscape, a still life of fruit and gleaming silver, a creature like a dog or a swan which has unmistakable mythic overtones - and then take it apart before our eyes to reassemble it into something entirely on his own.