GALES, Simon Charles

1964 - ?

Born Simon Charles Gales at Polstead, near Sudbury, Suffolk in 1964, his mother's maiden name was Collins. Simon was a pupil at Orwell Park School, near Ipswich and studied at Ipswich School of Art 1983-1985, gaining a B/Tec Diploma (Distinction), and at Goldsmiths College, London, 19851988 gaining a BA (1st class Hons) in Fine Art, achieving the joint highest 1st degree in a year which included many prominent artists such as Gary Hume (born 1962), Michael Landy (born 1963) and Ian Davenport (born 1966). Six works from his degree show were selected, along with twenty-five others from across the nation, to be auctioned by Christie's at the Royal College of Art the following year, the first auction of new contemporaries by a major auction house. The auction attracted much attention with the prices surpassing every expectation making an astonishing 250,000, Gales's selling for over four times their estimates. This led to Gales being commissioned by London Transport to paint 'Childhood' to publicise the V&A 'Museum of Childhood' at Bethnal Green for underground stations. One of the few graduates from Goldsmiths to be included in a number of conceptual exhibitions such as 'A Spiritual Dimension' in 1989, a touring exhibition organised by Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery. In 1991 Gales was again invited to join Craigie Aitcheson in another touring exhibition, this time curated by Gillian Jason, called 'Cabinet Paintings'. His work has now become more minimal, bordering abstraction, becoming part painting part wall sculpture now containing physical elements. Gales had a series of solo exhibitions at The Bruton Street Gallery in Mayfair in 1999 and 2001 which sold out, followed by another in 2003. In 2012 he completed a work especially for the Ipswich Collection for Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service which also hold examples of his work. He lives and works in South West France but will be working in residence at the Aldeburgh, Suffolk 'Look Out' courtesy of Caroline Wiseman Modern & Contemporary Art from 30 July 2016.

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