Born Dorset, 1940 of Anglo Russian parents.
Lives in Wiltshire
1958-60 Bournemouth College of Art
1960-63 Royal College of Art, London
David Roberts Arts Foundation
16th April - 24th May
The Leper Squint Paintings 2012 - 13
March - May
David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen
Volta New York, September 2008, Bench Paintings and works on paper
David Risley Gallery, London Bench Paintings Recent Work 2005 - 2006
The Tithe Barn, Bradford on Avon and The Old Gasworks, An Installation, Hymn- Psalm-Song-Prayer Bench Paintings
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol and Oriel 31, Newtown – Bench Paintings 1992-1995
Serpentine Gallery, London – Recent Paintings
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol – Paintings 1980-1983
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery – Six large paintings
Piccadilly Gallery, London – Recent Paintings
University of Sussex – Paintings
Piccadilly Gallery, London – Paintings and Drawings
Piccadilly Gallery, London – Recent Paintings
'The Paper Show' David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen
‘Citadel 1: Front Room/Killing Room’ David Risley Gallery, London
Armory New York , David Risley Gallery, London
‘Accidental Death’, David Risley Gallery, London
‘Crivelli’s Nail’ Chapter Gallery, Cardiff
Jerwood Open Drawing Exhibition. Touring to Hull and Kunsthalle Sierre, Switzerland
‘On the Threshold’, Octagon Gallery, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
East International, Norwich
John Moores 18, Liverpool
John Moores 17, Liverpool. Prize Winner
1989 John Moores 16, Liverpool
Serpentine Gallery, London. ‘On a Plate
Hayward Gallery, London. British Drawing
Tolly Cobbald Open, Cambridge. Fitzwilliam Museum. Joint First Prize
On Tour. Sheffield, Ipswich, London
Chichester National Open
John Player Open, Nottingham
‘Art for Industry’, Royal College of Art, London
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Open, Belfast. Joint First Prize
Ten English Art Galleries, Florence
Arts Council Touring Exhibition [new acquisitions 1961-64]
Three Young Painters from The Royal College of Art, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
The London Group 1963 ‘Contemporary Image’, Upper Grosvenor Gallery, London
Painting from English Art Schools, Paris 1959 - 62
1961 Arts Council Travelling Exhibition[new purchases]
University of London Exhibition. First Prize
1959 Young Contemporaries, London
Arts Council Touring Exhibition
Dexter Dalwood 'In conversation with Michael Simpson'
David Roberts Art Foundation. April - May 2014 Exhibition Catalogue.
William Pym, 'The Confidence Man', Michael Simpson at David Roberts Art Foundation,
April - May 2014 Exhibition Catalogue.
Barry Schwabsky, 'Michael Simpson's Bench Paintings'
David Roberts Art Foundation, April - May 2014 Exhibition Catalogue.
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
Jessica Lack .Michael Simpson Recent Paintings .David Risley Gallery.
The Guardian 27th January 2007
Meredith Etherington-Smith.Michael Simpson Bench Paintings.”Letter from London”.
Art Info 6th February
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
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.
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
Richard Kendall. ‘The State of the Art’. Apollo Magazine. John Moores 17, January
Nigel Pollitt. ‘Michael Simpson at the Serpentine’. City Limits, August
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
Francis Spalding, The Hayward Annual. Times Literary Supplement, August
Teresa Gleadow. ‘Michael Simpson’. Southern Arts, April
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
John Russell. ‘Michael Simpson’. Sunday Times, April
William van der Eyken. ‘London University Exhibition’.
London Evening Standard, April 16
1960 University of London Exhibition, First Prize
1963 British Council Scholarship to the USSR
1968 Northern Ireland Arts Council Open, Belfast, Joint First Prize
1975 Major Award, Southern Arts Council
1976 Major Award. Arts Council of Great Britain
1977 Tolly Cobbald Open, Cambridge, Joint First Prize
1991 John Moores 17. Prize Winner
1999 Winner of the London Arts Foundation Fellowship in Painting
2000 Nominated for the ‘Becks Futures’ ICA, London
2001 Nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Awards, London
British Council London
Ekard Collection Wassenaar Holland
David Roberts Arts Foundation, London
Arts Council, England
Lim Collection, Hong Kong
Control Techniques, The Arup Building
Arts Council, Northern Ireland
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