Oil on Wood
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Gales says "I was intuitively drawn to depict a human skull at eye level, an object that is generally considered macarbre or sinister, in a way that is magnetically quiescent, positive, even beautiful. I also wanted to create a second paradox between the physicality of the panels as a piece of wall sculpture and the infinite white void painted on them for the spectator to drift into; a void that is full metaphysically yet for me pleasing in its minimality as it edges and diminishes parts of the shelf and skull".
1985 - 1988 Goldsmiths College - BA (First Class Honours)
1983 - 1985 Ipswich School of Art - B/TECH DIPLOMA (Distinction)
Solo Exhibition Summary
2014 De Goldsmiths à Aujourd’hui – Espace Ap-Art, Perigueux, France
2003 Simon Gales, The Bruton Street Gallery, London
2001 Simon Gales, The Bruton Street Gallery, London
1999 Simon Gales, The Bruton Street Gallery, London
1990 Suspending The Time (with Brian Falconbridge) Jill George Gallery, London
Group Exhibition Summary
2014 Invitation for 3 Work Installation, Orwell Park, Nacton, Suffolk
2008 Quatre Artistes, 6 work installation, Chateau d’Excideuil, France
1998 Selected works, (OW& Co Fine Art), Gallery 27, Cork Street, London
1997 A New Beginning, Offer Waterman & Co., London
1996 Ten British Artists Exhibition, Waterman Fine Art, London
1992 Cabinet Paintings – Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Sussex
Cabinet Paintings – The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery & Museum, Swansea Wales
1991 Modern Art Since 1945, Christie's, London
Cabinet Paintings – Gillian Jason Gallery, London
1990 A Spiritual Dimension – Wolsey Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, The Arts Council
A Spiritual Dimension – Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, The Arts Council
1989 A Spiritual Dimension – Peterborough City Museum & Art Gallery, The Arts Council
A Spiritual Dimension – Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry the Arts Council
(Norman Adams, Craigie Aitcheson, Felicity Allen, Andrew Bick, Brian Falconbridge, Simon Gales,
Anthony Green, Kaori Homma, Vanessa Jackson, Tess Jaray, Michael Kenny, Bob Law, Paul Neagu,
Carl Plackman, Roderick Tye, Carel Weight, John Wood)
Christie's New Contemporaries, The Royal College Of Art, London
2006 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy Of Art, London
2005 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy Of Art, London
1993 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy Of Art, London
1992 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy Of Art, London
1991 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy Of Art, London
Art Fairs Summary
1997 Art 97 Islington, Offer Waterman & Co., London
1996 Art 96 Islington, Offer Waterman & Co., London
1995 Art 95 Islington, Waterman Fine Art, London
1994 Art 94 Islington, Waterman Fine Art, London
1990 Los Angeles International Art Fair, Jill George Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Collections and Reproductions
Art for the Underground, London Underground
The Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum Of Childhood, London
London Transport Collection
The Robert Holmes À Court Collection, Perth, Australia
The Ipswich Collection, Colchester and Ipswich Museums
Numerous Private collections worldwide
Bibliography, Press, Television & Radio
2014 ‘La “Sensitive” peinture de Simon Gales’ interview by Agnès Vallée, Dordogne People Magazine, Mai
2011 ‘Simon Gales In Focus’ review by Mary Rose Beaumont Art of England. February
‘Critics Choice’ The Times. February
‘Thumbnails’ Simon Gales Review by Nicholas Usherwood Galleries Magazine. February.4
2008 ‘Simon Gales’. Edward Lucie-Smith, The Spectator. February. 2.
2003 ‘Simon Gales’. Text by Simon Corbin, Millers Guide For Pictures, Page 44.
2001 ‘Simon Gales’ review by Nicholas Usherwood. Galleries Magazine. February. 1.
2000 ‘Simon Gales’ Review. The Artist. June.
‘Gales’ work adds to summer’s fine climate in London’ review of art London Dealers Diary, July.8.
1996 ‘Choice’. Nicholas Drake. The London Evening Standard. June, 9
1995 ‘Ten British Artists’. The London Evening Standard Magazine. October, 13.
1994 ‘Le talent d’un peintre anglais’. C Claire. Sud Ouest. December, 24.
1993 ‘Gales at the Academy’. Terence Hawes. Boardroom. June.
1992 ‘Review’. Daniel Farson. The Mail on Sunday. January, 5.
1991 ‘Small scale works bring recognition for artist’. Allan Cocksedge. East Anglian Daily Times. November, 23.
1990 ‘Critic’s Choice’. John Russell Taylor. The Times. September, 28.
‘Choice’. Londoner’s Diary The London Evening Standard. September, 19.
‘Wide Angle : A Spiritual Dimension’. Anglia TV. January.
‘Tube display for Suffolk Painter’ The Mercury. February. 2.
1989 ‘TV Interview’. Christies New Contemporaries. The Late Show. March.
‘A Spiritual Dimension’. Robin Stemp. Arts Review. March, 24.
‘Art Under The Hammer’. Review by Richard Cork. Telegraph Weekend Magazine. February. 11.
‘Art Market’. Review by Geraldine Norman. The Independent. March, 16.
TV News Report Christies New Contemporaries’. BBC Evening News. March.
1988 'Kaleidoscope’. Brian Sewell. BBC Radio August.