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BORN Shoreham-by-sea (UK), 1971
2021- British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Reading
2013-19 PhD Fine Art, University of Reading
1998-00 MA (RCA) Painting, Royal College of Art
1991-94 BA (Hons) Fine Art - 1st Class, Nottingham Trent University
2019 Step away from the sun, you are blocking the light, Jugg Art Foundation, Ipswich, UK
  How not to disappear completely, Elephant West, London
2018 Art of Management & Organisation Conference, University of Brighton, UK
  Killing Me Softly, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
  Killing Me Softly, Atlas House, Ipswich, UK
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
2022 Green, House of Ebata, Tokyo, Japan
  Art of Management & Organisation conference exhibition, University of Liverpool and Bluecoat
  in collaboration with the Royal Standard, Liverpool
2021 The Collection - A Gift from Basil Alkazzi, National Museum of Gdansk, Poland
  Silent Disco, Greystone Industries, Suffolk, UK
  Happy Together - Collection Gilles Balmet, Pavillion Carré de Baudouin, Paris, France
  Memento, La Collection du FRAC Auvergne, Musée Crozatier, Le Puy, France
2020 From Bacon to Zeller, Michel Soskine Inc, Madrid
  The Time is Now, Galerie Polaris, Paris
2019 Le monde réel est en noir et blanc, Galerie Polaris, Paris
  À L'ombre des Grands Arbres, Lycée Lafayette, Brioude - Oeuvres du FRAC Auvergne
  The Window, 1909 7th Ave, Los Angeles, USA
  This Is Not An Oak Tree, Jugg Art Foundation, Ipswich, UK
2018 Uncommon or Garden, Jugg Art Foundation, Annual Ipswich Biennial, Ipswich, UK
  Silent Street, Annual Ipswich Biennial, Ipswich, UK
  Fasten Your Seatbelts, It's Going to Be a Bumpy Night, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
  Espace Interieur, Centre Hospitalier du Rouvray, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France
  Il Sole é Cieco (Chapitre1), Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
2017 Les Intentionnels, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
  Atlas House, Sluice Biennial, London
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
  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
2022 Art of Management & Organisation conference exhibition, University of Liverpool and Bluecoat
  in collaboration with the Royal Standard, Liverpool (forthcoming)
2014 Artists' Film & Video Gala, City Lit at the Conservatoire, Blackheath, London
2013 Sitting with the Qualities of a Mountain, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London
2012 Let the World Slip, Lion & Lamb Gallery, London
2011 Please Drive Slowly Through Our Village, Fold Gallery, London
2009 No End in Sight, Vegas Gallery, London
2008 No End in Sight, Galerie Polaris, Paris
2001 Miniature Madness, Winkley Street Studios, London
2000 Soft & Gentle, Galerie Westland Place, London
2021 Kolekcja- The Collection, Basil Akkazzi's Gift to the National Museum in Gdansk,
  Muzeum Narodowe w Gdansku (ISBN: 978-83-66-433-18-2)
2018 3-5 Silent Street exhibition (catalogue)
  Killing Me Softly, Galerie Polaris (catalogue)
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
2018 Samantha Deman- Interview. 'Etre dans le monde avec Simon Willems' (ArtsHebdoMedias)
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 (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
  Mark Westall - - Simon Willems: Advantages of Failure at Vegas Gallery (September 16th)
  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)
2018 AoMO Conference Bursary (University of Brighton)
  Research Travel Grant, Reading University
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
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)
Jugg Art Foundation, UK
Leonard Nimoy Collection
National Museum of Gdansk, Poland
Royal College of Art, London
Ville Bourg-La-Reine, France
Walker Art Center Minneapolis (USA)
The Zabludowicz Collection
Various Private Collections worldwide