Contemporary urban pop artist, Rich Simmons, will be exhibiting his latest curation of new work at Box Galleries from 2 May. The solo exhibition, IMAGINARIUM, follows his sell-out show, Pop Provocateur (2017) and sees the launch of new, thought-provoking piece, Mona Lisa Reflections, exclusively at the private view, 1st May 2019.
Simmons’ work is a melting pot of cultural and aesthetic reference, demonstrating his passion for genre, fusing and contrasting; warping and reworking. A self-taught artist, Simmons uses stencils and spray paint to create his bold silkscreen prints. His work channels the desperation of Roy Lichtenstein's weeping sirens, David Shrigley’s aching humour, the nostalgia of Jack Kirby’s impactful rendering and of course the allusions to Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous masterpiece, Mona Lisa. Of IMAGINARIUM, Simmons says: “This is a celebration of the imagination and all the ideas and evolutions of my creativity in one show."
London-based Simmons has a global reach, having exhibited in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries in London, New York, LA, Tampa and Geneva. March last year saw the sale at Christie’s of one of his pieces top £52,000, and recent international projects include a collaboration with London Slide, a restaurant in Dubai, where the walls have been covered with Simmons’ signature works.
Most recently, The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas unveiled Simmons’ new 50 ft mural which is the largest mural he has completed and pays homage to Leonardo da Vinci on his 500th birthday while combining the aesthetic of Roy Lichtenstein. The mural was part of the "Men of Steel, Women of Wonder" exhibition, celebrating the impact that Superwoman and Wonder Woman have had in modern culture of American Art.
A highly collectable artist, Simmons has gained a cult celebrity following, comprising royalty, musicians and actors purchasing works for homes and display in a series of international cities, from New York to Singapore, and Paris to Miami.