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

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

 

Solo Exhibitions

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
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


2014
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

2013
Karen Wright. Michael Simpson painter. The Independent 17th August 2013
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2009
Barry Schwabsky. A catalogue essay 'Michael Simpson's Bench Painting's, a selection 1989-2009. U R A Gallery, Istanbul October-December 2009.

2007
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

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



Awards

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


Collections

British Council London
Ekard Collection Wassenaar Holland
David Roberts Arts Foundation, London
Arts Council, England
Lim Collection, Hong Kong
Stuyvesant Foundation
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