Distant Light

By Michael Simms

Medium: Oil on canvas

Size: 30cm by 26cm

DESCRIPTION


About the Artist

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

EDUCATION

2011 - 2014 Diploma of Fine Arts, The Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney (Recipient of the Sydney Mechanics School of Art Scholarship)
2006 - 2011 Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University, Adelaide

 

AWARDS AND PRIZES

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 – Finalist

2017  
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
 
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

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