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BORN Shoreham-by-sea (UK), 1971
 
 
EDUCATION
 
2013- PhD Fine Art, Reading University
1998-00 MA (RCA) Painting, Royal College of Art
1991-94 BA (Hons) Fine Art - 1st Class, Nottingham Trent University
   
   
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
   
2018 Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
   
2015 Universal Solutions Incorporated, Xero, Kline & Coma, London
  Universal Solutions Incorporated, Galerie Polaris, Paris
   
2012 Rogue Elements, Michel Soskine Inc., Madrid
   
2011 A Certain Way to Fade, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles
  A Certain Way to Fade, Galerie Polaris, Paris
  All Things For All People, Villa St.Cyr, Bourg-La-Reine, France
   
2010 Altitude Sickness, Elaine Levy Project, Brussels
  How not to disappear completely, Galerie SE, Bergen, Norway
   
2009 Altitude Sickness, Galerie Polaris, Paris
  Charm Offensive, Het Oude Raadhuis, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
   
2008 The Advantages of Failure, Vegas Gallery, London
  Cloud Music, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles
  Determinator Galerie Polaris, Paris
   
2006 You must enjoy it like this, Galerie-Polaris, Paris
  Don't go weird on me, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles
   
2005 Strangeways here we come, Wallspace, New York
   
2004 Recent cave painting and other exploits, Galerie-Polaris, Paris
  Bad things even happen to nice people, FRAC Auvergne,Clermont Ferrand,France
   
2002 Folk Law, Percymiller Gallery, London
   
2001 Death to the Archers, Galerie-Polaris, Paris
  Percymiller Gallery, London
   
   
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
   
2017 Les Intentionnels, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
   
2016 Now's the time, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
  À quoi tient la beauté des étreintes, La Collection du FRAC Auvergne,
  FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  Maisons pour insomniaques, Rêve 1 FRAC Haute-Normandie, Le Garage, Saint-Saëns, France
   
2015 Elément terre, FRAC Auvergne, Espace Culturel Européen, Le Monastier sur Gazeille, France
  De la ruine à l'architecture utopique, Musée d'art Moderne André Malraux, Le Havre, France
  Autofiction d'une collection : Ramus del Rondeaux Accrochage, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
  Summer Mix, Turps Gallery, London
  Il sole è cieco, Galerie Polaris Paris, France
  Une Partie de Campagne, Saint-Briac, France
   
2014 Collection Gilles Balmet, Le Vog Centre D'art Contemporain, Fontaine, France
  Summer Saloon, Lion & Lamb Gallery, London (touring to Aldeburgh Beach South Lookout, Suffolk
  Si on n'a pas vu le bonheur dans l'image, on en verra le noir (Sans soleil - Chris Marker)
  Galerie Polaris in collaboration with Galerie Anne Barault (curated by Ramuntcho Matta) Paris, France
   
2013 Pratique 2: La Coleur Code Noir, FRAC Haute-Normandie, France, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort
  Sitting with the qualities of a mountain, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London
  Hospital Club, London
   
2012 Let The World Slip, Lion & Lamb Gallery, London
  Verlan, Twelve Around One Gallery, London
   
2011 Et plus si affinités..., Artothèque de Caen, Caen, France
  Life is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, Galerie Polaris, France
  LVM (La Vie Moderne),works from the collection of FRAC Haute Normandie, Diep Festival
  de la Côte d’Albâtre - Château-Musée, Dieppe, France
  Caras y Máscaras, Identidad Primitiva y contemporánea, Michel Soskine Inc., Madrid, Spain
  Please drive slowly through our village, Fold Gallery, London
   
2010 The Library of Babel/In and out of place, Project 176,
  Zabludowicz Collection, London (curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers)
  Art for giving (Fundraiser), Saatchi Gallery, London
  Fifty Ways To Keep Your Lover, Galleri S.E., Bergen, Norway
  An Impossible Match, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
  Extension du domaine de la realité, Ecole Regionale des Beaux Arts
  de Rennes, France
  The book of brilliant things, Elaine Levy Project, Brussels
  Exquisite Trove, House of Fairy Tales, Millenium Gallery, St Ives
   
2009 Horn of Plenty, Viktor Wynd Fine Art Inc., London
  Exquisite Trove, House of Fairy Tales, New Art Gallery Walsall
  Polari Vegas Gallery, London
  (des) accords communs, Frac Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France
  I am myself a Genevese and my family is one of the most distinguished of
  that republic,Galerie Forde Espace d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
  & touring to K3, Zurich
  Take the A Train, Galerie Polaris, Paris
  Grusenmeyer Art Gallery, Deurle, Belgium
  The Open West, Summerfield Gallery, Pitfield Studios, University of Gloucestershire
  No end in sight, Vegas Gallery, London
   
2008 London Calling, Grusenmeyer Art Gallery, Deurle, Belgium
  Awopboopaloobop, Transition Gallery, London
  Terra Firma, Fold Gallery, London
  Fake ID, Vegas Gallery, London
  Drawings, Pullens Yard, London
  Project (OR), Centrifrugal Projects, Art Rotterdam
  Art Brussels, (Brussels Expo)
  No end in sight, Galerie Polaris, Paris
   
2007 Ground Zero- Size Zero, Vegas Gallery, London
  Inter-View, galleryThe space, Seoul, Korea & touring to London
  Galleri SE, Bergen, Norway
  Galerie Polaris, Paris
  A travers le miroir (le secret), Musée d'Art et d'Archeologie, Aurillac, France
   
2006 Flow Charting, Raid Projects, Los Angeles
  London Elsewhere Galerie Bernhard Knaus, Manheim, Germany
  Mon de l’ouvre - l’ouvre’ Galerie Polaris, Paris
  Mark Moore Gallery Presents’ at Rokeby, London
  Une simple question de temps, Musee Crozatier, Le Puy-en-Velay, France
   
2005 Extensions du paysage - Espace Boudeville, Dompierre sur Besbre, France
   
2004 39 Xmas show - 39 Mitchell St, London
  Soleil Vert Musse D’art Roger Quillot, France
  Sale et Sucre - Galerie-Polaris, Paris
   
2003 Side Track - Percy Miller Gallery, London
  Sale et Sucre - Galerie Polaris, Paris
  Western Spaghetti (Les nouveaux conquerants), Clermont Ferrand, France
  La Maitre des ombres - Fonds d’art et Contemporain, Montlucon, France
   
2002 Four Colleges (A T Kearney HQ), London
  Reverbere Gallery, Lyon (France)
   
2001 Miniature Madness - Winkley St Studios, London
   
2000 Recent Works, Galerie Polaris, Paris
  Soft & Gentle, Gallery Westland Place, London
  Assembly-Project, Jubilee Street (Whitechapel), London
  Together Again, Pumphouse Gallery, London
  En-route - Galerie Claudia Gros-selbeck, Dusseldorf
   
1999 RCA Group Show, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris
   
1996 Gilchrist Fisher Award, Cadogan Contemporary, London
   
1993 Just Found, St.Baafsabdij (Gent) Belgium
   
   
SELECTED BOOKS AND CATALOGUES
   
2014 A Brush With The Real: Figurative Painting Today
  Laurence King Publishing. p. 314- 317 (ISBN: 978-1-78067-283-0)
  Collection Gilles Balmet: FAGE Editions p.119 (ISBN: 978-2-84975-323-1)
2011 A Certain Way to Fade, Galerie Polaris (catalogue)
  What's Up Pussycat?, Torrance Art Museum (catalogue)
2010 Altitude Sickness, Galerie Polaris & Elaine Levy Project (catalogue)
  The Library of Babel, In and Out of Space, Zabludowicz Collection (catalogue) (ISBN: 978-0-9556629-8-0)
2009 Traits pour traits, FRAC Haute-Normandie- Drawings from the collection
2008 Cloud Music, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica (catalogue)
2006 Vous etes ici, FRAC Auvergne 2000-2006
2004 Simon Willems - Bad things even happen to nice people; FRAC Auvergne
  (100 pages) (ISBN: 2-913323-76-6)
2002 Four Colleges Show (Catalogue) - AT Kearney
2000 Assembly (Catalogue) London
   
   
SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
   
2012 Pablo Sobisch: 'El Pais' (magazine) Galerias 21st September p.39 (Spain)
  'The Drawer': Volume 2 'La Métamorphose' (France) p. 52-7
2011 Sioux Magazine, (California), p 2-4
  Rebecca Geldard, Art Review 'Please Drive Slowly Through Our Village',
  p.134, October
  Emmanuelle Lequex- 'Le Monde' (Culture)- France- April 17th-April 18th 2011
2010 Claude Lorent, La Libre Belgique (Culture) 10th September 2010 p. 9
  Elephant Magazine, 'Stormtrooper Mourning The Loss of His Mother' (Summer) p.104-109
2009 Emmanuelle Lequex- 'Le Monde' (Culture)- France- p21,
  October 18th-19th 2009
  Samantha Deman- 'Semeur de troubles', Les-amis-de Cimasie.fr (online), May 30th
2008 Eve Wood- Art US Magazine (Fall/Winter) 'Simon Willems at
  Mark Moore Gallery' p.76
  Ken Pratt- Only when I laugh - Simon Willems - WOUND magazine p.261-5
  Allison Gibson - 'Beautiful Decay' Cloud Music at Mark Moore gallery p.28
  critiCAL - 'ARTslant Los Angeles' Cloud Music at Mark Moore Gallery (online)
2007 Le Figaro, Valerie Duponchelle, (March 23rd)
2005 Art Review - 'Bright Young Things' - p.103, (December)
2004 Eric Fayet - Flashart; - ‘At the galleries’ - p.53, (May- September)
  ‘Celebrer l’irrecevable’ - La Montagne (France), (April 17th)
2002 Jessica Lack - ‘The Guardian’ (The Guide - Previews) - p.35 (November 1st)
  ‘Zurban-Paris’ (France) (January 1st-7th)
2001 ‘A Nous Paris’ - N. 117 (France) (December 10th- 17th)
  Emmanuelle Lequex- 'Le Monde'; (Aden) 'Les Arts' (France)
  (November 28th-December 4th) p.27
  Louisa Buck - ‘The Art Newspaper’ No.115 - p.73 (June)
  Jim Healy - ‘What's On’ - p.25 (June 13th-20th)
  Jessica Lack- The Guardian (G2)- 'Pick of the Week' p.18 (June 11th)
  Art Review - p.55 (May)
2000 John Russell Taylor - ‘The Times’ (Metro), p.42. (9th September)
  Art Review - p.49 (September)
  Charlotte Mullins - ‘The New Sensation’ - Independent on Sunday (20th August)
1996 Iain Gale - ‘The Week’ (Issue 32), p.18 (12th January)
  Iain Gale - ‘The Independent’ (6th January)
   
   
SELECTED AWARDS
   
2015 Swedish Embassy Doctoral Research Travel Award
2002 London Arts Council Funding Award
2000 Stephenson Harwood Prize, Royal College of Art
1999 T.I. Group Scholarship, Royal College of Art
  Basil H Alkazzi Travel Award to New York
  Worshipful Painter-Stainers Award
1996 Gilchrist Fisher Landscape Award (runner-up)
1993 TEMPUS Travel Award
   
   
SELECTED COLLECTIONS
   
Art Review
Artothèque de Caen
Basil H Alkazzi Collection
British Airways Collection
Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
David Roberts Collection
Fondation COLAS, (France)
F.R.A.C. - Auvergne, France
F.R.A.C- Haute Normandie, France
Frederick R Weisman Foundation (USA)
Leonard Nimoy Collection
Royal College of Art, London
Ville Bourg-La-Reine, France
Walker Art Center Minneapolis (USA)
The Zabludowicz Collection
Various Private Collections worldwide