Who am I?

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

I have studied art in Australia and overseas.

In recent times I have focussed on painting landscapes in and around my postcode, captivated by the beauty of everyday suburban life. 

I am currently looking for other like-minded painters to join a ‘New Romantics’ movement, dedicated to capturing moments of beauty in each artists own postcode. If you are interested in joining an exhibition, send me an email with some examples of your work info@simonmcgrath.com.au

Education

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

(Exchange to 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 the Mosman Art Prize, the Blake prize, the Moran photography prize and the Madola art award.

 

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

 

Prize Finalist Shows and Group Exhibitions

2018     Mandorla Art Award, Perth, WA

2018     Home and Abroad, 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, Kudos Gallery, Paddington, NSW

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

2011     Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, NSW

2011     The 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

 

Reviews

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