Who am I?

I’m an Australian artist that lives and works in the Sutherland Shire area of NSW.

I have studied Fine Arts in Australia and overseas.

In recent times I have focussed on painting urban landscapes.

Urban streetscapes are so captivating to me. I am drawn (pun intended) to the geometry and colours of the buildings, the clutter of telegraph wires, the typography from all manner of signage, the plethora of brightly coloured warning signs, and the layers of graffiti scrawled across it all. My current art practice combines both plein-air and studio painting on multi panels to create artworks that form a single composition that embodies that location.

You can contact me via info@simonmcgrath.com.au

Education

College of Fine Arts (UNSW), Bachelor of Fine Arts 1995-1997

University of Alberta, Canada, 1996

Gymea Tafe, Ceramics Certificate, 1993

Summary

Simon has a BFA from the College of Fine Arts (UNSW), majoring in painting. Highlights include: his installation ‘Who left the tap running?’ at Sculptures by the Sea at Bondi in 2011 where he won the Sydney Water Environmental Prize; winning the Arte Laguna ‘Special Prize’, a 1 month residency in Carlo Zauli Museo in Italy in 2012. The work he produced at this residency was shown in early 2014 at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy. Simon has also been a finalist in numerous art prizes including the Mosman Art Prize – six times, and the Blake Prize – twice.

Solo Exhibition

2024     Streetscapes. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea, NSW

Prize Finalist Shows and Group Exhibitions

2023     Georges River Art Prize, Hurstville, NSW

2022     9×5 Landscape Prize, Waverley Woollahra Art School, NSW

2022     Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, NSW

2022     Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, NSW

2021     66th Blake Prize, Cashula Powerhouse, NSW

2020     Blacktown Art Prize, Blacktown, NSW

2020     Hazelhusrt 20/20 Exhibition, Gymea, NSW

2020     Kangaroo Valley Art Prize, Kangaroo Valley

2020     Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, NSW

2018     Mandorla Art Award, Perth, WA

2018     Home and Abroad (Joint show with Aaron Moore), Clifton Art School, Clifton, NSW

2017     Georges River Art Prize, Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Hurstville, NSW

2016     Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, NSW

2014     Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Council Chambers, NSW

2014     St George Art Prize, Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Hurstville, NSW

2014     In forma di ceramica
 Arte contemporanea dal Museo Carlo Zauli, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy

2014     Rockdale Outdoor Gallery Art Prize, Rockdale, NSW

2013     Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, NSW

2013     Proximity (Group show), Kudos Gallery, Paddington, NSW

2012     Sculpture at Scenic World, Scenic World, Katoomba, NSW

2011     Sculptures by the Sea, Bondi, NSW

2011     The 60th Blake Prize, National Art School, Darlinghurst, NSW

2011     BSG Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC

2011     Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, NSW

2010     Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, NSW

2010     Waverley Art Prize, Waverley-Woollahra Art School, Bondi, NSW

2008     Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown, NSW

2008     Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, NSW

2007     Sydney Life Photography Exhibition, Hyde Park, Sydney, NSW

Awards 

2018     Highly Commended, Mandorla Art Award, Perth, WA

2013     ‘Special Prize’- Art Residency with Museo Carlo Zauli (Italy), Arte Laguna

2011     Sydney Water Environmental Prize, Sculpture By The Sea

2007     Commended Award, Willoughby Art Prize

Articles

The Leader, Blue planet sums up artist’s role, Tamara Gasser, October 16, 2014

The Leader, Artist designs virtual reality without ice caps for Sculpture by the Sea, Jim Gainsford October 24, 2013

Sydney Morning Herald, Sculpture by the Sea 2011, John McDonald, November 12, 2011

The Australian, Tapping Creativity for great sculpture by the sea, Sallie Don, November 04, 2011

The Leader, Art puts truth on the top shelf, Maria Galinovic, September, 2011

Daily Mail, Drip, drip, who left the tap on? Giant sculpture of bathroom tap makes a leaky statement by the Australian sea By NADIA GILANI, 5 November 2011

My Modern Met, Best of Sculpture by the the Sea 2011, By Pinar Noorata, Nov 7, 2011

Collections

Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza Italy

St John of God, Perth