Rhiannon Inman-Simpson’s current work explores visceral encounters between body and place. The work looks at the differences in how we navigate, both physically and imaginatively, three distinct realms: the bodily experience of an environment, the pictorial space of a painting and the space of written language.
Approaching each painting instinctively, she moves between colour, form and marks in the way she might move her body through a physical environment. Through a process of layering and removing paint, colours begin to vibrate and interrupt each other and forms emerge and dissolve. There is a play of weight and air in the paintings: these spaces are rooted to the ground but have air to breathe.
“I peel off the skin of the day and stand in the blue with my boots untied. The air moves too fast against the dark but light bounces back at me. It keeps me up with its noise, pushing against the membrane which separates us from the blackness.”
Rhiannon Inman-Simpson (b. 1989, London UK) gained her Masters at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway, in 2016, her BFA from The Glasgow School of Art in 2011, and participated on the Turps Art School Correspondence Course in 2019 and 2020.
Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Galerie Julien Cadet, Paris (2021) and Visningsrommet USF, Norway (2020), and group shows at Pulpo Gallery, Germany
(2021), Electro Studios Project Space, UK (2021), Hordaland Kunstsenter, Norway (2020) and Bergen Kunstmesse, Norway 2020).
In 2021 she undertook residencies at Kiosken Studio and North Devon Artist Residency, UK.
In 2021 she was also shortlisted for the Jackson’s Painting Prize, winning the abstract award.
Upcoming projects include a solo show at Pulpo Gallery, Germany (2022) and a residency at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, USA (2022)
Private view: Saturday 5th February 12-6pm