Michael Simpson: Drawing towards painting – selected works on paper

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May 6, 2023 at 10:00 amSep 17, 2023 at 5:00 pm

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Winner of the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize, Michael Simpson, who lives and works locally, has been the subject of solo exhibitions at major galleries and museums in London, Berlin, and Shanghai, and his work is in many public and private collections including Tate.

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the artist’s work on paper, exploring Simpson’s approach to drawing as a route to what a painting might be. Made in a range of different media on a variety of materials, these drawings reveal how Simpson’s ideas emerge and grow over time. His primary concern is with ‘the mechanics of painting’. He says, ‘despite the subjective references in my work, I believe a painting must move beyond its subject and, for me, formal considerations are paramount’.

The display will reflect Simpson’s career-long interest in certain images, in particular the Leper Squint, the Confessional, and the Bench, each reflecting his impassioned belief in ‘the infamy of religious history’.

In association with Southern and Partners.

Generously supported by Hiroko and Jim Sherwin


With additional support from Art’Us Collectors’ Collective, Holburne’s Contemporary Programme Donors, Director’s Circle, Patrons and Friends


Confessional Drawing
Ink, gouache, French chalk, oil paint on paper


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