After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College Of Fine Arts (UNSW) with an exchange to the University of Alberta (Canada) in his second year, Simon McGrath continued his art making while working as an art director in the advertising industry.
Simon has two ‘veins’ to his art making. One vein is painterly representational painting. In this vein he enjoys capturing the essence of a landscape, a person or even a simple Home Brand Product. The other vein is Conceptual where he uses his influences from advertising to share an idea about the environment, politics, religion or even art making itself.
In 2014 Simon exhibited in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Art Prize and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice, Italy.
In 2013 Simon exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and was selected as a semi finalist in the Moran Photographic Prize.
In 2012 Simon spent a month in Faenza, Italy after winning the Arte Laguna ‘Special Price’ art residency at Museo Carlo Zauli.
In 2011 Simon was privileged to be selected as a finalist for the Mosman Art Prize, The BSG Art Prize, the Blake Prize and Sculpture by the Sea Bondi.
His sculpture, ‘Who left the tap running?’, was awarded the Sydney Water Environmental Award and featured in a number of press articles as well as the Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Marry’s visit to Australia in November 2011.