Patrick Simkins

Portfolio

Location: Kingston
Website: www.psimkinsart.co.uk
Bio:

My practice studies the distorted values that we place on objects, experiences and each other within the context of an increasingly online world. I am particularly interested in how individuals relate to one another, and how we view and document the world around us.

The Heads depict conventional and universal representatives of modern society. They are a reflection of the pressure that society heaps on people. The large size of the pieces pays tribute to the subject, acting almost as a shrine. But, by pinning the pieces to the wall, I have accentuated the subject’s transience and impermanence: the representation feels easily disposable, ready to be pulled apart. It is a process that raises questions about our own morality and how we view celebrity. It touches on the theme of human fragility and the hypothesis that greatness is ultimately flawed.
The current trial of athlete Oscar Pistorius, whom the artist met and painted in 2011, is an eery reminder of how someone can go from hero to zero in a matter of days, as well as the role that society plays in advancing both sides of the coin.

Breaking down and reconstructing is integral to the work, as was seen last summer when I exhibited an interactive installation during a six-week residency with Degree Art Gallery, London E2.

The Untimely Death of Context explores how we respond to imagery through social media, how social media might be a loss to communication, as well as its trustworthiness. These pieces, along with accompanied performances, are currently works-in-progress and will be published on completion.

The Cityscapes aim to represent a world that is close enough to be recognisable, yet removed from the real. It is important that they reach a point where the viewer’s perceptions and instinctive responses take over in order to make full sense of what the eye beholds. They are a reminder that perception will always alter, depending on the viewer.

Exhibitions:

AWARDS

2011/2012 - BT Storyteller for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games

2010 - Finalist at the National Open Art Competition 2010

2009 - Finalist at the National Open Art Competition 2009

UPCOMING AND SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014 upcoming - Group show, Repre, New York

upcoming - Group show, Oldenburg, Germany

- Performance Installation, Arcachon, France

- Performance Installation, Paris, France

- Installation project, House Gallery, Camberwell, London

2013 - Repre Residency, DegreeArt Gallery, London

- Group show, Repre Art Group, Silvex Studios, Shoreditch, London

2012 - Group show, 20:12 Olympics Show, DegreeArt Gallery, London

+ Solo show, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis 2012, Sportsworld Hospitality Suite

- Group show, Repre Art Group, The Crypt Gallery, Trafalgar Sq

- Group show, Art Agency, Esher, Surrey

2011 - Group show, Summer Exhibition, Royal Automobile Club, Epsom, Surrey

- Group show, Royal Spring Show, Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, Surrey

2010 - National Open Art Exhibition, Chichester

+ Solo show, Four Communications, Leicester Sq, London

+ Solo show, 9 Langton Street Gallery, Chelsea, London

2009 + Solo show, Drella Gallery, Godalming, Surrey

- National Open Art Exhibition, Chichester

- Group show, "Align", Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath,

- Group show, Islington Arts Summer Salon, London

- Group show, "An Age of Miracles", Brick Lane gallery, London

2008 - Group show, New Blood 2008, Britannia House, London

- Group show, "63 Degrees", Coventry University

- Group show, "New Horizons", RBSA Birmingham

COLLECTIONS

My work is in public and private collections throughout the UK, including Peel Hunt, London. It is also amongst collections in Spain, Italy, Finland and Australia.

EDUCATION

2008 - 1st Class Hons degree in BA Fine Art & Illustration, Coventry University

2005 - Foundation Studies Diploma in Fine Art, Wimbledon School of Art