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Simon Gales

 (born 1964)
Simon Gales is active/lives in England, France.  Simon Gales is known for metaphysical painting.

Simon Gales

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Simon Gales is a British artist who was born in Suffolk, England in 1964 and attended Ipswich School of Art from 1983 - 1985 before going onto Goldsmiths’ College School of Art London 1985 - 1988.

At Goldsmiths, Gales studied under Jon Thompson who on seeing his studio work in the first tutorial, opened Gales’s mind to concept of metaphysics possibly playing a roll in his art. This altered Gales’s thinking and propelled him into a direction that resulted in series of metaphysical still life paintings incorporating banal subject matter but with an emphasis on the ‘power of the everyday object.’ Other notable tutors during this period for Simon Gales were Carl Plackman, Basil Beattie, Brian Falconbridge and art historian Ian Jeffrey.

After graduating from Goldsmiths along with many notable YBAs in 1988, Gales was invited to participate in a Arts Council funded exhibitions such as ‘A Spiritual Dimension’ an exhibition expressing ‘the spiritual in art and art in the spiritual’ and exhibitors included former tutors such as Carl Plackman, Michael Kenny and Brian Falconbridge. The show was exhibited at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, UK ; Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK ; Shipley ArtGallery, Gateshead, UK ; Wolsey Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, UK.

In 1991 Simon Gales was invited by Gillian Jason to exhibit in ‘Cabinet Paintings’ a curated touring show and 20th century revision of the 18th century idea of a ‘cabinet Painting’. Fellow exhibitors including Lucien Freud, Frank Auerbach  and Howard Hodgekin who each submitted small scale works of approx 20’’ x 20’’ which were put on show at The Gillian Jason Gallery, London, UK ; The Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Sussex, UK ; The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Wales, UK.

Simon Gales moved to SW France in 1993 where he continues to live to the present day. Gales’s works have become increasingly spare in composition, almost minimal, often with a single figurative element asymmetrically positioned with the rest of the image made up of a single flat colour and painted on thin panels one ‘floating’ in front of the other. In 2014 he was invited by an art association to exhibit in their space in the regional capital of Perigueux in 2014, ‘De Goldsmiths à Aujourd’hui’ a semi retrospective of works spanning over 25 years from Goldsmiths - 2014.

Probably the most notable public commission Simon Gales received was from London Transport in 1990 which was part of a program of art commissions geared to advertising venues on the London Underground particularly museums, and also increase their own art collection. 9000 posters of Gales’s original work ‘Childhood’ were posted on underground stations across London. The original work is in The London Transport Collection; reproductions are on show at The London Transport Museum, London and The Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, London. Other collections of Gales’s work open to the public include, The Robert Holmes à Court Collection, Perth Australia; Ipswich and Colchester Museums, UK.


A Spiritual Dimension’. Robin Stemp. Arts Review. March, 24 1989
‘Simon Gales’ Review. The Artist. June 2000

‘Simon Gales’ review by Nicholas Usherwood, Galleries Magazine 2001
February. 1, 2001 

Who’s Who in Art 2002 - present

Simon Gales’. Text by Simon Corbin, Millers Guide For Pictures, Page 44, 2003

‘Thumbnails’ Simon Gales Review by Nicholas Usherwood Galleries Magazine, February, 4, 2011

‘Simon Gales In Focus’ review by Mary Rose Beaumont, Art of England, February, 2011

1985 - 1988 Goldsmiths College - BA (First Class Honours)
1983 - 1985 Ipswich School of Art - B/TECH DIPLOMA (Distinction)
Solo Exhibition Summary
2016 The Look Out Residency Caroline Wiseman Modern & Contemporary, Aldeburgh UK
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
Open Exhibitions
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
Accenture PLC
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.

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About  Simon Gales

Born:  1964 - Suffolk, England
Known for:  metaphysical painting