Art info

Lee Simmons’s fine art practice is based in painting, but crosses over with sculpture, live art, photography and writing. Through these primarily visual tools subjects are explored, questions asked, and stories shared.

Photographic images from installations and events, function in a similar way to postcards or family photographs; snapshots log and share that which would otherwise exist only through lived experience. This was the intention of some early work as an end in itself – the making of artworks created anchors to moments in time and space. Later pieces relate more directly to the sociopolitical context that they take place in or are motivated by. Long term work with marginalised groups, and urban-rural fringe environments, has influenced psychological, social, and environmental considerations within projects, installation art and painting.

Documentation of artworks form a legacy, for exhibition and archival purposes as well as publication. Photographs are from live art and physical creations, the artwork is not made digitally.

Simmons’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree from John Moore’s University, Liverpool (2000), and Master of Arts degrees from Chelsea College of Art & Design (2004), and Goldsmiths University of the Arts, London, UK (2011).


 ARTWORKS / PROJECT INFO 

Many works spanned years. Dates listed indicate a key event or completion.

2016 Brief Hiatus, a consideration of branding practicesWith Yi-Studio, Briffa, and Artist’s Union England, UK 

2015  The Red Shoes, Performance / installation using painting, video and sound. Peckham Platform, London

NEW, group show with Syrian artists Rabee Kiwan, and Omar Ibrahim (painting) UK artist Lee Simmons (painting and curation), and Swedish artists Ola Ståhl and Terje Östling (photography and text collaboration). No Format Gallery, Woolwich, London

Swimming & Other Things, Review of Three Years Paintings, studio based works from 2011 to 2014. Solo show. No Format Gallery, Woolwich, London

2013 Red Line, live art event & public space intervention. Minhocão, São Paulo, Brazil

The Birthday Projects Party & Exhibition, social event, paintings, photography, and installation art to communicate biennial art events that take place on December 20th.  Solo show. Vibe Gallery & Bar, Bermondsey, London

Girl’s Gotta Do, painting / photography piece. Southwark Park, London

2012 Dusk, an 8-foot high heart of broken roof slate and dust stood at the centre of a derelict non denominational chapel in an inner city cemetery. The sculptural installation came to life at dusk, hosting the film: “We broke up in the graveyard, drinking pink lemonade.” Abney Park, Stoke Newington, London

Rave Goats, live art installation of 12 Ibizan goats and a stone circle (flouro) for ‘Bloop’ street art festival. San Antonio, Ibiza

2011 Project 33, helium balloons in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, beneath and at the center of the River Thames. Created with two friends, whom helped walk the balloons to the Greenwich Meridean, create the installation, and photoshoot. Greenwich, South London, England

2010 Punchbag, public interventions using artists books, a choir, projections and installations were made in varied town and city spaces around Basingstoke and Southampton. This followed a series of workshops with women in safe-houses, and with girls who were recovering from abusive relationships. Initiated by Proteus Theater Company. Hampshire, England

Luna Beauty, work with a fashion team was exhibited at Trinity Buoy Wharf, adjacent to the project site on the Thames beach. Supported by Brody & Middleton and Reprocity. Tower Hamlets, London

2009 Urban Paradise, a carpet of fresh pink flowers and gold glitter in a South London tunnel, New Cross Gate, London, England

The Wheelhouse, the collaborative restoration of the cabin for an old boat, and transformation into a usable, transportable creative space. Exhibitions include ‘Lives of Buildings’ and ‘Riverside Regatta and Arts Festival’ and various space around Container City. At and with Trinity Buoy Wharf / Urban Space Management, London, England

Colour Bridge, a dance with paint designed and created with bullying and bullied children, took place on the previously out of bounds school playground. Everybody danced. Creative Partnerships, Wheatley Park School, Oxford, England

Project #e90293, text, photography and installation in varied spaces form a trigger for discussion and a means of expression and documentation of activity online and in the middle east, installation in Petra, Jordan

2008 The Impossible Collaboration, performance with dancers, a band and an architect. Sanford Cooperative, London, England

An Ode to Lust, installation, event and exhibitions. 16mm, 19 D’Arblay Street, Soho, London, England

“I” Piece, three social sculptures / happenings organised in partnership with and funded by Fabrica and BHASVIC in Brighton, Turner Contemporary and Thanet Coastal Project in Kent and Sanford Housing Cooperative in London, South England

2007 Q:2 exhibition, solo show. gallery:space, Finsbury Park, London, England

Painting the Park, event and intervention. Peace Play Area, Finsbury Park, London, England

2006 Pink Marble Arch (PMA), Subway to Speakers Corner, colour installation. Hyde Park / Marble Arch, London

The Quarry Project, touring exhibition, spaces included Betchworth Quarry, Lockwood Day Centre, South Hill Park Art Centre, Guildford Council Offices, Dorking Library, South East England

Q:2 event, an intervention and durational event to paint a white cliff with a pink stripe, and 42 sheep grazing in front of the cliff red, blue, and yellow. Partners and sponsors included local firemen, a farmer, Arts Council England South East and Surrey County Council, Betchworth, Surrey, England

2005 3 Days 2 nights, solo show. Reception Space, Cremer Street, Hoxten, London, England

Oxted Quarry Project, event, exhibition and artist’s books, documenting and colouring a historic quarry, using video, paint, water pistols and water bombs. Supported by ‘Un’limited artists group, Lockwood Day Center, Awards for All and Surrey County Council. Oxted Quarry, Surrey, England

2004 Sound Booth, stories from the site gathered through a series of walks were played in a photo booth Marble Arch, London, England

2004 City Spaces,  visual interventions were made in and around Marble Arch, Canary Wharf, and Waterloo stations. Public art proposals were developed and exhibited. Chelsea College of Art & Design, Masters Show, Kings Road, London, England

2003 Environmental Art Award, Tap Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Red Stick Piece, photographs events and interventions. Varied locations in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and America

2002 3 Days 2 Nights, solo show: 3 day and 2 night event/performance inside the gallery and writing intervention on the gallery exterior. Design Festa Gallery, Harajuku, Japan

International Artists no. 17. (‘Blueprint’ and ‘Freeing Rainbows’ books & paintings) UNESCO group show, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ueno, Japan

Freeing Rainbows, solo show. Immigrant CafÈ, Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan

2001 Blue Stick Piece, photographs, events, and interventions. Varied locations in England, Holland, Belgium, France, and Wales

Sea Piece, live art event to colour the sea using food dye. Supported by the NHS, Carlton television and Food Finders. Bantham Beach, Devon, England


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2012 Green Places (Dusk)

2010 Ixia (Commissioning within a community) (author Lee Simmons)

2009 Public Art Online (Collaboration and Sustainability) (author Lee Simmons)

2007 a-n (Peripatetic Practices) (author Lee Simmons)

Arts Council England South East Publication (Quarry Project)

Public Art Online (Quarry 2) (author Hazel Colquhoun)

Book commissions (Garden Journeys) for Surrey History Centre, Surrey County Arts and The Surrey Institute

2006 Public Art Review (Q:2)

Green Places Journal (Viewfinder)

Landscape Review (Lambs)

Surrey Wildlife Review (Q:2)

2005 Nalgao Magazine (Quarry Project)

Lockwood Service, book commissions (Oxted Quarry Project books x2, scrolls x9)

2003 Tap Gallery, Sydney, Environmental Art Award, (Freeing Rainbows), artist’s book, with designer Hisane Suzuki

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