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SIMEON NELSON
Born 1964, London, United Kingdom

Simeon Nelson BA (The University of Sydney) FRSA is an artist and Senior Lecturer in Spatial Design and Sculpture in the School of Art and Design at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. His work is the embodiment of disparate artistic strands linked by the creative need to set up aesthetic or conceptual oppositions. It oscillates between opposing poles: small, intimate objects and larger installations; private studio practice and public artworks. These explorations, in a politicised sense, mirror what happens in the world at large: the recluse versus the activist. As Nelson says: 'Beauty for me is conditional and relative. It cannot exist without its close relation and opposite, repulsion. I love exploring ways in which these qualities can be fused into one experience (or object or installation), or can be set up as oppositional poles to be played within.' Simeon Nelson has been commissioned for a number of large public projects in Sydney, such as the redesign of Chifley Square (1995–97); and, in association with Hassall Architects, design of the sculptural treatment for Luna Park and artwork for the M4 freeway noise-abatement wall. In 1997, Nelson represented Australia at the IX Triennale–India in Delhi. He was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2000 and, in 2003, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize, London. Since 2001, Simeon Nelson has been based in London. New directions in his practice reflect critical engagement with a different society and set of relationships with the natural world. An exhibition of new sculpture, ‘Mappa Mundi’, organised by University of Hertfordshire Galleries, is touring the UK during 2005–06. 'Passages', a monograph on the artist’s work by Benjamin Genocchio, was published by UNSW Press, Sydney, in 2000.

BIOGRAPHY
1964 Born United Kingdom
1967 Arrived Australia
1983–84 Art Certificate, National Art School, Sydney
1985-87 Bachelor of Fine Art, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
1990 Sculpture (post-technician) Certificate, National Art School, Sydney
2001 Returned to United Kingdom
Currently Reader in Sculpture, School of Art & Design, University of Hertfordshire, UK

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts; The Art and Architecture Association, London; ACAVA, London

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2005 Ornamatrix, H29 Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Mappa Mundi, University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Hatfield, UK
Terroir/Boudoir, Elastic Residence, London
2004 Stilfragen, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2002 Material World, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2000 Natural Construct, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
Arrivals, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
1999 Medium Density, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1998 Average Density, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1997–99 World Between (installation), IX Triennale–India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India; Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney; Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast; University of Queensland Gallery, Brisbane; Tamworth City Gallery, Tamworth; Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
1996 Formal Decay, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
Caravan Romance, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1995 Seascape (installation), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1994 The Miracle of the Rose, Australia Council Studio, New York
1993–94 Landscope (The Machine in the Garden), Artspace, Sydney; Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Western Australia
1992 Transgressions, Rom Gallery, Sydney
1989 World Fare (with Stephen Crane), EMR Galleries, Sydney
1988 Crash (with Stephen Crane), EMR Galleries, Sydney

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 Spitalfields Public Art/Sculpture Programme, London
Iota, Cell Project Space, London
2006 Baroque My World, Transition Gallery, London
The Gathering, Wangaratta Gallery, Victoria
2005 National Sculpture Prize Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Coagulation, Tactile Bosch and House (part of Cardiff Contemporary), Cardiff
Mirage of Minds, Century Gallery, ACAVA Studios, London
Inaugural Exhibition, The Hospital, London
Zoo Art Fair, Flaca Gallery Stand, London
Melbourne Art Fair 2004, Christine Abrahams Gallery Stand, Melbourne
2003 Tempered Ground, Museum of Garden History, London
This was the Future: Australian Sculpture of the 1950s, 60s, 70s and Today, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
New York Calling, PS1 Contemporary Art Center Australian Studio, New York
Jerwood Sculpture Prize, Jerwood Space, London, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham
Festivus, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2002 London Biennale 2002, 291 Gallery, Hackney, London, UK
2001 Nelson + Valamanesh, Sherman Gallereies Hargrave, Sydney
2000 Five, Australian Embassy, London, UK
1999 Helen Lempriere National Scupture Award Exhibition, Werribee Park, Victoria
Pixel, Elastic Contemporary Project Space, Sydney
1998 The Numbers Game, The Adam Art Gallery, New Zealand
The Organic and the Artificial: Re-inventing Modernist Design, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne
1997 Ways of Being, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Mecenat Collection, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Pile on, The Bridge, Construction in Process VI, Melbourne
Living city, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Tusculum, Sydney
IX Triennale–India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India
Australian Perspecta 97: Between Art & Nature, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Moët et Chandon touring exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
1996–97 Works on paper by 20 Australian artists, ZA MOCA FOUNDATION, Tokyo, Japan
Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, exhibition catalogue, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition, Artspace, Sydney
Systems End: Contemporary Art in Australia, OXY Gallery, Osaka; Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Dong-Ah Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan
1996 Australian Contemporary Art Fair 5, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
Gallery Artists: New Work, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1995 Distance, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum, Gallery Sowaka, Kyoto, Japan
Pachi Pachi 1000, XEBEC Centre for Experimental Music and Performance, Kobe, Japan
The Blake Prize, Mitchell Galleries, State Library of New South Wales, regional gallery tour
1993 Moët et Chandon Touring Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1991 In the Company of Others, King on Burton Gallery, Sydney
1990 Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Andy Wardrobe, EMR Galleries, Sydney
1986 Hungry, The Performance Space, Sydney

ACADEMIC POST AND PAPERS
2006– Reader in Scullpture, School of Art & Design, Universwity of Hertfordshire, UK
2001–06 Senior Lecturer in Sculpture and Spatial Design, University of Hertfordshire, UK
2001 ‘Marketing the Unmarketable’, conference paper, Marketing and the Arts Conference UH Business School, Hertfordshire, UK
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Visual Communication, University of Technology, Sydney
2000 ‘Neuronature’, paper, International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Paris
1999 ‘The Bridge Between Art and Design’, ACUADS conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney
1994–2001 Guest lectures at numerous art schools and institutes in Australia, India and Japan
1993–99 Part-time Lecturer, KVB Institute of Technology, Department of Art and Design, Sydney
1991 Demonstrator, Sculpture Department, University of Newcastle, New South Wales

AWARDS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES
2006 Crytosphere, Artist in residence (with funds from the Leverhulme Foundation and Arts Council England),
Royal Geographic Society, London
2005 Finalist, National Sculpture Prize, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2004 Arts Council England Individual Grant
Faculoty Research Leave Scheme, University of Herfordshire, UK
2003 Finalist, Jerwood Sculpture Prize, Jerwood Foundation, London
2002 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant
2001 Finalist, Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Australia
2000 Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellowship, New York
1999 Conferences and Workshops Grant, Australian Network for Art and Technology
1997 Australian Representative, IX Triennale–India, New Delhi 1996 Australia Council for the Arts, Projec Grant
Art/Omi International Artists' Workshop, New York
1994 Australia Council Studio Fellowship, Greene Street Studio, New York
Artist in residence, Sydney Grammar School, Sydney
1991 Australia Counci, Project Grant
1988 Australia Council, Project Grant

SELECTED PUBLIC PROJECTS AND COMMISSIONS
2006–09 Floating World, Birmingham New Hospital Commission, art consultants: InSite Arts & Emma Larkinson
2006–07 Cactal, Institute of Digital Innovation, University of Teeside, Middlesborough, managed by Commissions North
Chain Reactor, Temple Quay 9 Building, Bristol, in association with Stride Treglown Architects, art consultant: Working pArts
2005–08 Flumen, Bank Street Commission, Ashford, Kent, UK 2004–06 Proximities–Local Histories/Global Entanglements, in association with David Chesworth and Sonia Leber, Commonwealth Games Commission, Melbourne
Wahverwandschaft, Deakin University Commission, Melbourne
2004 Shortlisted for Westminster Hospital Commission, London, UK, Art consultants: Modus Operandi
2003 Shortlisted for Felton Centenary Monument, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Ecstasy of St Theresa proposal for The Roundhouse public art commission, Camden, The Roundhouse Trust, London, UK, Art consultants: Modus Operandi
2002–03 Arborescence, 199 Knightsbridge, London, Westminster Public Art Committee
2001–02 Progettomoderno Commission, Pianca Furniture Company, Treviso, Italy
1998–99 Midway, Design of sculptural treatment for Luna Park, in association with Hassell Architects, Sydney
M4 Freeway commission, Sydney, Australia, in association with Hassell Architects
1997 Landscope (The Machine in the Garden), permanent siting at the University of Western Sydney
Consultant to Hassell architects on artwork for Holker Street Bypass, Homebush, Sydney
1995–97 Ben Chifley and Crucimatrilux, Chifley Square sculpture commission, in association with Hassell architects, Sydney

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Art/Omi Foundation, New York
Jerwood Foundation, London
Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Artbank, Sydney
Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Victoria, Australia
Deakin University Art Collection, Melbourne, Australia
University of Western Sydney, Australia
Goldman Sachs, Sydney
Grant Samuel and Associates, Sydney
Macquarie Bank, Australia
NRMA Collection, Sydney, Australia
Pat Corrigan Collection, Sydney
Sydney Open Museum, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Tabcorp, Melbourne
Westpac Bank, Australia

Private and corporate collections in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2006
Katrina Strickland, ‘Craftsmanship of an exhibition’, Saleroom, Australian Financial Review, 20 July, p. 52
Brown, Neal, ‘Ironic, I should Rococo’, The First Post, 26 April, UK
Carter, Michael and Geczy, Adam, Reframing Art, Oxford Berg, London
Laura Murray Cree (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House, Melbourne
Gavin, Francesca, ‘Love and hate in Hackney’, BBC DNA Collective Interactive Culture Magazine, issue 198
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/collective/

2005
Bonvicini, Gyonata, Mappa Mundi, catalogue, University of Hertfordshire Galleries Hatfield, UK
Drummond, Rozalind, ‘Art happiness’, Artlook #15, Cultural Council of the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, September
Nelson, Simeon, ‘Artist Statement’, National Sculpture Prize, catalogue, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Shaul, Matthew, Introduction, Mappa Mundi, Catalogue, University of Hertfordshire Galleries Hatfield, UK
Preece, Robert, ‘Focus’, Simeon Nelson, Sculpture Magazine, New Jersey, vol. 24, no. 3
Taylor, Elena, Introduction, National Sculpture Prize, catalogue, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2004
Neal, Jane, ‘Tempered Ground’, Contemporary, issue 66, September–October
Nelson, Simeon, ‘Stilfragen’, artist statement, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Williams, Eliza, ‘A View on Tempered Ground’, exhibition catalogue, Parabola Trust
2003
Murray, Peter, ‘Simeon Nelson’, exhibition catalogue, Jerwood Prize, Jerwood Foundation, London
Preece, Robert, ‘Focus: Simeon Nelson’, Sculpture (in press)
Stanhope, Zara, ‘All the things you are’, This was the Future. Australian Sculpture of the 1950s, 60s, 70s and Today, exhibition catalogue, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Campbell, Farouk, Jerwood Prize, London SE1, February
2002
Byrne, Lisa, ‘Simeon Nelson: Material World’, Eyeline, issue 48, p. 47
Genocchio, Benjamin & Adam Geczy, What is Installation?, Power Publications, University of Sydney
Hynes, Victoria, ‘Webmaster’, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 March
Kidd, Courtney, ‘Simeon Nelson’, Australian Art Collector, issue 19, p. 49
Loxley, Anne, ‘A look through the layers of arresting works’, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 February
Nelson, Simeon, Material World, exhibition catalogue, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, February
2001
Bilske, Maria, ‘Lempriere prize’, Sculpture Magazine, New Jersey, vol. 20, no. 7
Burtt, Cliffe, ‘Lempriere prize’, Newsletter of the Contemporary Sculptors Association, May 2001
Genocchio, Benjamin, ‘Sculptors earn a walk in the park’, Australian, 23 March, p. 11
Hutak Michael, ‘Australia’s 50 Most Collectible Artists’, Australian Art Collector, issue 15, p. 80
Morris, Rachel, ‘Fast track to fame for emerging artist, Daily Telegraph, 15 January, p 13
Samuelian, Christine, ‘Full Nelson’, Wallpaper Magazine, issue 36, March, pp. 143–4
2000
Cullen, Max, A Private Look at Public Art, video interviews with Australian artists, Sydney
Genocchio, Benjamin, Simeon Nelson: Passages, UNSW Press, Sydney
Jackson, D., Johnson C., Australian Architecture Now, Thames and Hudson, London
Genocchio, Benjamin ‘Simeon Nelson’, Selections from the University of Western Sydney Art Collection, exhibition catalogue
Schumack, Kaye, Landscope, installed at the University of Western Sydney, Postwest, issue 17
Gawronski, Alex, ‘Simeon Nelson: Passages’, Globe e Journal of Contemporary Art, Reviews
Nelson, Simeon, ‘Neuronature’, International Symposium on Electronic Art, catalogue, Art 3000, Paris, p. 80
Stanhope, Zara, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, KNOCK AT MY DOOR The Numbers Game, exhibition catalogue, Adam Gallery, University of Wellington, New Zealand
1999
Harley, Ross Rudesch, ‘Ambiguous Topologies’, Medium Density, exhibition catalogue, Sherman Goodhope, Sydney
Hutak, Michael, ‘Artbank, try before you buy’, Australian Art Collector, issue 10
Noble, Andrew, ‘Tactile tech’, profile, Outrage, October issue
Spinks, Jennifer, The Organic and the Artificial, exhibition catalogue, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Rhodes, Briony, ‘The Organic and the Artificial: Reinventing modernist design’, Eyeline, issue 40
1998
Cantrill, P. J., ‘Square spaces’, Architectural Review Australia, no. 63
Gennocchio, Benjamin, ‘What remains’, Art & Australia, vol 35, no. 4
Green, Charles, ‘IX Indian Triennale’, review, Art/Text, no. 61
Kidd, Courtney, ‘Public art In Sydney’, Artlink, vol 18, no. 50
Nelson, Simeon, artist statement, Ways of Being, exhibition catalogue, p. 36
Sherman, Gene, ‘Marking the 2000 Moment’, Artlink, vol. 18, no. 50
Zulaikha, Brian, ‘Chifley Square’, Architecture Australia, cover story, March–April
1997
Clabburn, Anna, In Between and Beyond, exhibition catalogue, Moët et Chandon
Dalmia, Yashodhara, ‘Between Multiple Worlds’, Outlook, 22 December, India
Fenner, Felicity, ‘World Between’, catalogue essay, IX Triennale–India, Delhi, India
French, Blair, Simeon Nelson, exhibition catalogue, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Art / Text , no. 56
Gibson, Jeff, ‘Perspecta 1997: Between Art and Nature’, review, Art / Text, no. 59
Kalidas, S, ‘The Cesspool Sonata’, 9th Triennale–India, The Pioneer, 30 November
Nelson, Simeon, ‘Comment’, exhibition catalogue, Australian Perspecta 1997, Between art and Nature, pp. 10–12
Sengupta, Ratnottama, ‘Nature, culture and ‘The World in Between’, Interview, The Times of India, 10 December
Titmarsh, Mark, ‘Teach me teach me’, Australian Art Collector, issue 3
Watson, Bronwyn, ‘Art in the littoral zone, Art Monthly Australia, October
1996
Clark, John, Systems End: Contemporary Art in Australia, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
Clarke, Neil, ‘Beginning at the end’, Hakone Museum, Japan, The Daily Yomimuri, 7 June
Guest, Micheal, ‘Thoughts on distance’, exhibition catalogue, A-Value meets Distance, A-Value, Shizuoka, Japan*
Hayes, Paul, ‘Nelson’s nature’, Capital Q, 8 November
Hedger, Michael, ‘Distance’, review, Architecture Australia, vol. 85, no. 1, January–February
Larkin,Annette, Distance, exhibition catalogue, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Japan
Loxley, Anne, Simeon Nelson, catalogue essay, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, November
McCulloch, Susan, ‘The oriental express’, Weekend Review, Australian, 20 April
McGuire, T. G. ‘Down Under Asia’, Asahi Evening News, 27 June
Merten, Margaret, Arts Beat, profile, HQ Magazine November–December
Murphy, Bernice, Crant Samuel Collection of Contemporary Art, catalogue essay, February
O’Brien, Geraldine, ‘Chifley monument’, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February
1995
Bond, Tony, ‘Simeon Nelson’, catalogue essay, Systems End: Contemporary Art in Australia, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Delaruelle, Jacques, ‘Tautological Injunctions’, Sydney Review, no. 73, March
Fenner, Felicity, ‘Icons and Idolisers’, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 July
Johnson, Anna, ‘3 Australians in New York’, profile, Imagine, SBS TV, 7 August
Johnson, Anna, ‘Submerged’, Seascape, catalogue essay, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Kishimoto, Yasushi, ‘Distance’, documentary video, Gallery Sowaka, Kyoto, Kyoto Art Today, vol. 18
Lynn, Elwyn, ‘The Moët and Chandon Prize’ Australian, 10 February
McGillick, Paul, ‘Champagne for the mind’, Financial Review, 17 February
Williams, Tim, ‘Chifley Square’, Sydney Spaces, Council of the City of Sydney
1989
Allen, Christopher, ‘Famous victory gets a humorous reworking’, Sydney Morning Herald, July
Gibson, Emily, ‘Closet artists, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 June
Lumby, Catharine, ‘Mismatched artists create an Impressive and gigantic show’, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 July
Lynn, Elwyn, ‘Dark deadly serious fun, Weekend Australian, 9 July
McMillan, Richard, ‘Working in the warehouse’, City Life, 7 January
1994
Ashton, Helen, ‘Architecture of the imagination’, Churinga, vol 4, no 6. Australian Consulate, NYC
Banks, Ron, ‘Installation gets a slimy reception’, West Australian, 21 July
Merten, Margaret, ‘Simeon Nelson’, Australian Style Magazine, no. 9
Miller, Nikki, ‘Nature and culture brought together’, West Australian, 7 July
Nelson, Simeon, ‘Uroboros’, artist statement, exhibition catalogue, Moët et Chandon Touring Exhibition
Timms, Peter, ‘The case for Mannerism’, exhibition catalogue, Moët et Chandon Touring Exhibition, December
Weston, Neville, ‘Of boundary riders and outback dunnies’, Western Review
1993
Delaruelle, Jacques, Accordance with nature’, Sydney Review, no. 54
Harley, Ross, ‘The machine in the garden: Simeon Nelson's Landscope’, exhibition catalogue, Artspace, Sydney
Lynn, Elwyn, Galleries Sydney, Weekend Australian, 22 May
Merten, Margaret, Landscapes of the under-soul, exhibition catalogue, Artspace, Sydney
Nelson, Simeon, ‘The prison of vision’, artist statement for Landscope, Artspace, Sydney
1991
Dunn, Jackie, ‘Objects of installation’, Craft New South Wales, spring
Johnson, Anna, ‘Mortal coil’, Perspecta 91, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Syndey
Sproull, Richard, ‘Marine Theme Behind Wave of Contemporary Art’, Australian, 12 June
1990
Bell, Allison, ‘Objets Trouvé’, Interior Architecture, no. 32
Chater, Jenny & Anne Howell, ‘Objects of obsession’, Follow-Me magazine, December–January
Lumby, Catharine, ‘Andy Wardrobe’, Art & Text, no. 37, August
McCarthy, Paul, ‘Pandora's Wardrobe’, Tension, no. 22, August
1989
Allen, Christopher, ‘Famous victory gets a humorous reworking’, Sydney Morning Herald, July
Gibson, Emily, ‘Closet artists, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 June
Lumby, Catherine, ‘Mismatched artists create an Impressive and gigantic show’, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 July
Lynn, Elwyn, ‘Dark deadly serious fun, Weekend Australian, 9 July
McMillan, Richard, ‘Working in the warehouse’, City Life, 7 January

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