Born Dorset, 1940 of Anglo Russian parents.
Lives and works in Wiltshire


Education

1958-60 Bournemouth College of Art
1960-63 Royal College of Art, London

 


Solo Exhibitions

2017
Blain Southern, Berlin.
16th September - 28th October

2016
David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen

'Shall we Sit, Stand or Kneel?'
with Hannah Levy and curated by Wills Baker
Marlborough Contemporary, Chelsea, New York
October - December

Flat Surface Paintings
Spike Island, Bristol
16th January - 27 March 2016

2014
David Roberts Arts Foundation, London
16th April - 24th May

2013
The Leper Squint Paintings 2012 - 13
March - May
David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen

2008
Volta New York, September 2008, 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

2017

British Council
"The Painting Show"
Goyang Aram Nuri Art Museum, Korea.
July 2017


British Council
'The Painting Show"
Limerick City Gallery of Art
Feb - March 2017

2016
Revolt of the Sage - Blain Southern, London
25th November - January 17

John Moores Painting Prize, Liverpool
(Awarded First Prize)

White Cube, Bermondsey
Tightrope Walk; Painted Images After Abstraction.
Curated by Barry Schwabsky.
25th November 2015-24th January 2016

The Painting Show
The British Council
Contemporary Art Centre
Vilnius, Lithuania
January - March 2016

The British Council
The Painting Show. Touring Exhibiton
November 2015

David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen
On the Immense and the Numberless
Group Show
Jaunuary 2016

2015
Absence. Looking for Hammershoi
David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen including Patrick Caulfield, Dexter Delwood,
David Hockney, Alex Katz, Wilhelm Freddie and others

2013
February - April
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]

1964
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



Publications & Reviews;

Martin Herbert
Michael Simpson
ART REVIEW
September 2017

Hans Pietsch
Metaphysische Råume - Michael Simpson
(Metaphysical Spaces)
ART - Das Kunstmagazin
February 2017

Jonathen P Watts
Revolt of the Sage
Blain Southern
Frieze, April 2017

Anon
Revolt of the Sage
Aesthetica Magazine
Blain Southern, London
15th November 2016

Jonathan P Watts
Revolt of the Sage
Frieze
Blainsouthern London
26th January 2017

Edited by Simon Moretti & Craig Burnett
Revolt of the Sage
Publication - Blain Southern, London
January 2017

Anna Wallace-Thompson
Revolt of the Sage, Blain Southern London
Art Forum, Dec 2016


Louisa Buck
Revolt of the Sage, Blain Southern London
The Telegraph, 9th December 2016


Barry Schwabsky
Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting
Phaidon 2016


Adrian Price
'Flat Surface Painting and the Plane of Alterity'
A celebration of the painting 'Squint 19' by Michael Simpson
A lecture in two parts.
City University New York. N.Y. Oct 22nd 2016

David Trigg
Michael Simpson, Flat Surface Paintings , Spike Island, Bristol
Art Review
April 2016

Mark Wallinger
Michael Simpson, Flat Surface Paintings, Spike Island, Bristol
The Observer
28th Feb 2016

Lizzie Lloyd
'On the Immense & the Numberless'.
Frieze no.179. May 2016

Paul Carey-Kent
Michael Simpson, Flat Surface Paintings, Spike Island, Bristol
Frieze
March 2016

Bevis Fenner
Michael Simpson, Flat Surface Paintings, Spike Island, Bristol
Aesthetica Magazine
Feb/March 2016. #69

Louisa Buck
Michael Simpson, Flat Surface Paintings, Spike Island, Bristol
The Art Newspaper
28th January 2016

Alexandra Quicho
Michael Simpson, Flat Surface Paintings, Spike Island, Bristol
This is Tomorrow Magazine
March 4th 2016

2015
Andrew Searle
The Guardian, 2nd December 2015
Tightrope Walk, White Cube , London
Curated by Barry Schwabsky

Ben Luke
Michael Craig Martin's invited Artists at the R.A. Summer Exhibition
London Evening Standard June 4th 2015


2014
Dexter Dalwood 'In conversation with Michael Simpson'
David Roberts Art Foundation. April - May 2014 .
William Pym, 'The Confidence Man', Michael Simpson at David Roberts Art Foundation, April - May 2014
Barry Schwabsky, 'Michael Simpson's Bench Paintings' David Roberts Art Foundation, April - May 2014
Kate Christina Mayne, 'From the Bench to the Window'.
Michael Simpson at David Roberts Art Foundation, April - May 2014 . (H) Art Antwerp, Belgium May 15th 2014


2013
Karen Wright. Michael Simpson painter. The Independent 17th August 2013


2007
Jessica Lack .Michael Simpson Recent Paintings .David Risley Gallery.
The Guardian 27th January 2007
Mark Rappolt ‘Future Greats, Twenty-five Artists to look out for in 2007, Art Review
Barry Schwabsky, “Michael Simpson, David Risley Gallery’ Art Forum April 2007.
Roderick Harris 'To think is to speculate with images', Turps Banana, Issue Three, July 2007


2005
Hymn-Psalm-Song-Prayer - Bench Paintings. The Tithe Barn & The Old Gasworks Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. September 2005.
Arts Council Publication. Bound 12 Full colour reproductions with text by the artist.


1996
John McEwan. ‘Michael Simpson, Bench Paintings’. Sunday Telegraph, 21 January
John Tozer. ‘Michael Simpson’. Galleries, January
Tony Godfrey ‘Unnamed Paintings’ Catalogue Essay
Bench Paintings 1992-1995 Arnolfini Gallery and Oriel 31, 1996


1992
Richard Kendall. ‘The State of the Art’. Apollo Magazine. John Moores 17, January


1985
Nigel Pollitt. ‘Michael Simpson at the Serpentine’. City Limits, August


1984
Ken Rowat. ‘Michael Simpson Arnolfini’. The Guardian, January
Edward Phelps. ‘Michael Simpson, Arnolfini Gallery’. Arts Review, January
Anne Sheldon. ‘Michael Simpson Paintings 1980-83’. Venue, January
Lewis Biggs. ‘Michael Simpson Paintings 1980-83’ The Arnolfini Review, January


1982
Francis Spalding, The Hayward Annual. Times Literary Supplement, August


1975
Teresa Gleadow. ‘Michael Simpson’. Southern Arts, April


1968
Marina Vaizey, ‘Michael Simpson’. Arts News and Review, April
Norbert Lynton, ‘Michael Simpson’. The Guardian, April
Donald Blady. ‘Michael Simpson’. New York Herald Tribune, April
Anon … ‘Michael Simpson’. Financial Times, April


1968
John Russell. ‘Michael Simpson’. Sunday Times, April


1960
William van der Eyken. ‘London University Exhibition’.
London Evening Standard, April 16



Interviews

BBC Radio 4: Front Row - July 8th Liverpool Biennial
The Louisiana Channel: Odyssey of a Painter
The Louisiana Channel: Advice to the Young

 



Collections

Tate, London
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
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

 


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