Michael Simms

Michael Simms

  • Artist’s Statement

    Inspired by subjects on the cusp of change, Michael’s paintings and drawings are both literal and allegorical expressions of transformation.

  • Biography

    Michael Simms is a multi-award winning artist based in Sydney. Born in Adelaide, he completed degrees in psychology and film at Flinders University before winning a scholarship to study fine art at the Julian Ashton Art School.

    ‘Top Talents To Watch In 2018’, The Music, January 2018
    Talking With Painters The Podcast, Episode 24, 2017
    ABC Weekend Breakfast, 15 October 2017
    The Guardian Australia, 11 October 2017
    ‘Sydney Artist Paints Westmead Doctors in New Light’, Western Sydney Local Health District News, 19 January 2016
    ‘People Person Paints Portrait’, Parramatta Sun, 27 January 2016.
    Artist Hand Double, A Place To Call Home Season 3, Seven Network, November 2015

  • Awards

    2019
    The Naked and Nude Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, NSW – Highly Commended
    Melt Portrait Prize, Brisbane Powerhouse Museum, QLD – Highly Commended
    Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Art Centre, NSW – Finalist
    EMSLA Still Life Award, Project Contemporary Artspace, NSW – Finalist
    The 14th International ARC Salon, Art Renewal Center, USA - Finalist
    Lethbridge 20,000 Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, QLD – Finalist
    Kennedy Art Prize, Kennedy Arts Foundation, SA – Finalist

    2018
    The Young Artist Prize, The Royal Art Society of NSW - Winner
    SBS Portrait Prize, Southern Buoy Studios, VIC – Winner
    EBNA 2018 First Prize, YSC Consultancy, NSW – Winner
    EBNA 2018 People’s Choice, YSC Consultancy, NSW - Winner
    Kilgour Art Prize, Newcastle Gallery, NSW – Finalist
    Hurford Harwood Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW – Finalist
    Melt Portrait Prize, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD – Finalist
    Hunters Hill Art Prize, Hunters Hill Town Hall, NSW – Finalist2017

    Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, NSW – Finalist
    Lethbridge 10,000 Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, QLD – Highly Commended
    Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Galley, NSW – Finalist
    EBNA, YSC Consultancy, NSW – Highly Commended
    Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW – Finalist
    Lyn McCrea Drawing Prize, Noose Regional Gallery, QLD – Finalist
    Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, NSW – Finalist
    Marie Ellis Drawing Prize, Jugglers Art Space, QLD - Finalist
    Contemporary Art Awards, QLD – Finalist
    2016

    Cliftons Sydney Art Prize, Cliftons Sydney – Winner
    Cliftons Sydney People’s Choice Award, Cliftons Sydney – Winner
    Who Is Looking At You Portrait Prize, Cambridge Studio Gallery, VIC - Winner
    Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth – Finalist
    Emerging Artist Award, Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne – Finalist
    Percival Tucker Portrait Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville - Finalist
    Blacktown Art Prize, Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney – Finalist
    Marie Ellis Drawing Prize, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane – Finalist
    Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra - Finalist Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane - Finalist
    ArtWorld Studio Portrait Prize, ArtWorld Studio Gallery, Brisbane - Highly Commended
    2015

    Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane - Finalist
    Who Is Looking At You Portrait Prize, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne - Highly Commended
    2013

    Richard and Wenda Ashton Art Prize - Winner
    Sydney Mechanics School of Art Full-time Scholarship for The Julian Ashton Art School - Winner

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2017
    Brink, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne
    2016
    Reverie, ArtWorld Studio Gallery, Brisbane

    SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS


    2019
    Nude, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
    Equus, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney
    Fringe, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

    2018
    Undercurrents, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
    Interfacing, Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney
    Temporal, Lethbridge Gallery (Bulimba), Brisbane

    2017
    The Other Art Fair, Australian Technology Park Eveleigh, Sydney
    Medley II, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
    Exploration 17, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
    Virtual Connections, No 1 Martin Place (Mezzanine Floor), Sydney
    2016
    Mythos, The Depot II Gallery, Sydney
    Medley, The Depot Gallery, Sydney
    Uncovered, Project [504], St Leonards, Sydney
    2015
    Vision, M2 Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
    Every Boardroom Needs An Artist, The Museum of Contemporary Art Quayside Room, Sydney
    Opening Exhibition, Chancery Lane Gallery, Adelaide
    2014
    The Julian Ashton Art School Students and Teachers Exhibition, The Sydney Mechanics School of Art
    The Rocks Village Bizarre, Pop Up Gallery, The Rocks, Sydney
    2013
    The Julian Ashton Art School Students and Teachers Exhibition, The Sydney Mechanics School of Art
    2012
    Building Bridges, The UTS Gallery, Sydney
    2011
    Adelaide Fringe Festival Shimmering West Art Collective, Higher Ground, Adelaide


    PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA
    ‘Top Talents To Watch In 2018’, The Music, January 2018
    Talking With Painters The Podcast, Episode 24, 2017
    ABC Weekend Breakfast, 15 October 2017
    The Guardian Australia, 11 October 2017
    ‘Sydney Artist Paints Westmead Doctors in New Light’, Western Sydney Local Health District News, 19 January 2016
    ‘People Person Paints Portrait’, Parramatta Sun, 27 January 2016.
    Artist Hand Double, A Place To Call Home Season 3, Seven Network, November 2015

    RESIDENCIES

    2019
    The New York Academy of Art Summer Undergraduate Residency


    COLLECTIONS

    The ELLIOTT EYES COLLECTION
    The Thomas Keneally Centre at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Art
    Cliftons Venues, Sydney
    St Patrick’s College Strathfield, Sydney
    Champagnat College Pagewood, Sydney

  • Website

    www.lethbridgegallery.com/artist/michael--simms/primary

Showing all 2 artworks

Michael Simms

Toy Soldier (Study)
30.5 x 30.5cm Oil on Panel $650.00

Michael Simms

Toy Soldiers II
28 x 35.5cm Oil on Panel $700.00