Biography

Born in 1940 in Dorset (UK). Lives and works in Wiltshire.

 

Education

1958-60

Bournemouth College of Art

 

1960-63

Royal College of Art, London


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021

Michael Simpson

Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg

 

2020

New Paintings

Blain Southern, London

 

2018

Selected works of Michael Simpson

Minsheng Museum of Art, Shanghai, China.

 

2017

Squint - Blain Southern, Berlin

 

2016

David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen

 

'Shall we Sit, Stand or Kneel?'

with Hannah Levy and curated by Wills Baker

Marlborough Contemporary, Chelsea, New York

 

Flat Surface Paintings

Spike Island, Bristol

 

2014

David Roberts Arts Foundation, London

 

2013

The Leper Squint Paintings 2012 - 13

David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen

 

2008

Volta New York, Bench Paintings and works on paper

 

2007

David Risley Gallery, London Bench Paintings Recent Work 2005 - 2006

 

2005

The Tithe Barn, Bradford on Avon and The Old Gasworks, An Installation, Hymn- Psalm-Song-Prayer Bench Paintings

 

1996

Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol and Oriel 31, Newtown – Bench Paintings 1992-1995

 

1985

Serpentine Gallery, London – Recent Paintings

 

1983

Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol – Paintings 1980-1983

 

1973

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery – Six large paintings

 

1972

Piccadilly Gallery, London – Recent Paintings

 

1968

University of Sussex – Paintings

 

1968

Piccadilly Gallery, London – Paintings and Drawings

 

1964

Piccadilly Gallery, London – Recent Paintings

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

Words

Simon Lee Gallery, London

 

2019-20

Slow Painting

Hayward Touring Show

Curated by Martin Herbert

Leeds Art Gallery

Livinsky Gallery, Plymouth 2020

The Edge, Bath 2020

Inverness Museum and Gallery 2020

 

2018

Class Reunion

Works from the Gaby & Wilhelm Schürmann Collection

Museum Moderner, Künst, Stiftung,

Ludwig, Wein, Vienna

 

Doodle & Disegno

Blain Southern, Berlin

 

2017

British Council

The Painting Show

Goyang Aram Nuri Art Museum, Korea

 

British Council

The Painting Show

Limerick City Gallery of Art

 

2016

Revolt of the Sage - Blain Southern, London

 

John Moores Painting Prize, Liverpool

(Awarded First Prize)

 

White Cube, Bermondsey

Tightrope Walk; Painted Images After Abstraction.

Curated by Barry Schwabsky

The Painting Show

The British Council

Contemporary Art Centre

Vilnius, Lithuania

The British Council

The Painting Show. Touring Exhibiton

David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen

On the Immense and the Numberless

Group Show

 

2015

Absence. Looking for Hammershoi

David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen

including Patrick Caulfield, Dexter Delwood,

David Hockney, Alex Katz, Wilhelm Freddie and others

 

2013

The Debris of the Fuck drawings 1970 - 74

Kunst Als Forschung

Serge Stauffer

Helm Haus, Zurich

 

2009

The Paper Show, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen

 

2007

Citadel 1: Front Room/Killing Room, David Risley Gallery, London

 

2006

Armory New York, David Risley Gallery, London

 

2005

Accidental Death, David Risley Gallery, London

Crivelli’s Nail, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

 

2000

Jerwood Open Drawing Exhibition. Touring to Hull and Kunsthalle Sierre, Switzerland

 

1999

On the Threshold, Octagon Gallery, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

 

1998

East International, Norwich

 

1993

John Moores 18, Liverpool

 

1991

John Moores 17, Liverpool. Prize Winner

 

1989

John Moores 16, Liverpool

 

1987

Serpentine Gallery, London. ‘On a Plate

 

1982

Hayward Gallery, London. British Drawing

 

1977

Tolly Cobbald Open, Cambridge. Fitzwilliam Museum. Joint First Prize

On Tour. Sheffield, Ipswich, London

 

1975

Chichester National Open

 

1971

John Player Open, Nottingham

 

1968

Art for Industry, Royal College of Art, London

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Open, Belfast. Joint First Prize

 

1968

Ten English Art Galleries, Florence

 

1964

Arts Council Touring Exhibition [new acquisitions 1961-64]

Three Young Painters from The Royal College of Art, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

 

1963

The London Group 1963 ‘Contemporary Image’, Upper Grosvenor Gallery, London

 

1962

Painting from English Art Schools, Paris 1959 - 62

 

1961

Arts Council Travelling Exhibition[new purchases]

 

1960

University of London Exhibition. First Prize

 

1959

Young Contemporaries, London

 

1959

Arts Council Touring Exhibition

 


Awards

2016

John Moores, First Prize

 

1999

Winner of the London Arts Foundation

Fellowship in Painting

 

1991

John Moores 17. Prize Winner

 

1977

Tolly Cobbald Open, Cambridge, Joint First Prize

 

1976

Major Award. Arts Council of Great Britain

 

1975

Major Award, Southern Arts Council

 

1968

Northern Ireland Arts Council Open, Belfast, Joint First Prize

 

1963

British Council Scholarship to the USSR

 

1960

University of London Exhibition, First Prize

 

Collections

 

Tate, London

Majerus Collection, Luxembourg

The Start Museum, Shanghai

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

British Council, London

Ekard Collection Wassenaar, Holland

David Roberts Arts Foundation, London

Arts Council, England

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Lim Collection, Hong Kong

Schürmann Collection, Aachen, Germany

Stuyvesant Foundation

Det Nye Universitets Hospital, Aarhus, Jutland

Control Techniques, The Arup Building

Arts Council, Northern Ireland

Royal College of Art, London

University of Oxford

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Carlisle Art Gallery and Museum

Ulster Museum and Art Gallery, Belfast

Camden Borough Council, London

Southern Arts Association

And various private collections

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