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Michael Simms

 Michael Simms is a multi-award winning artist based in Sydney. Born in Adelaide, he completed degrees in psychology and film at Flinders University.

Michael's art demonstrates an deep command of classical skills combined with a contemporary perspective on his subjects.

For any student he provides a strong ability to help you develop your technique and approach to art as well as practical guidance on developing your career as a professional artis.

Qualifications & Career Highlights

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Behavioural Science

 

Career Highlights

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize - Finalist 2017

Black Swan Prize for Portraiture - Finalist 2016 for his painting of Thomas Kennealy

EDUCATION

2006 - 2011 Flinders University (Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Bachelor of Arts)
SELECT AWARDS AND PRIZES

2018 Finalist in the Hills Art Prize, Oakhill College, Sydney
2018 Finalist in the Percival Tucker Portrait Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Queensland
2018 Semi-finalist in the Bluethumb Art Prize (online)
2017 Finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Juniper Hall, Sydney
2017 Finalist in the Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
2017 Highly Commended in EBNA 2017, YSC Consultancy, Sydney
2017 Finalist in the Lyn McCrea Memoral Drawing Prize, Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland
2017 Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2017 Finalist in the Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, Manning
2017 Finalist in the Marie Ellis Drawing Prize, Jugglers Art Space Inc, Brisbane
2017 Highly Commended at the Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2017 Finalist in the Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane
2016 Winner of the Cliftons Sydney Art Prize
2016 Winner of the Cliftons People's Choice Award
2016 Finalist in the Blacktown Art Prize, Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney
2016 Finalist in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
2016 Finalist in the Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane
2016 Finalist in the Marie Ellis Drawing Prize, Jugglers Art Space Inc, Brisbane
2016 Finalist in the Emerging Artist Award, Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2016 Finalist in the Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Gallery, Cowra
2016 Finalist in the Percival Tucker Portrait Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
2016 Winner of the 'Who Is Looking At You' Portrait Prize, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Highly Commended at the ArtWorld Studio Portrait Prize, ArtWorld Studio Gallery, Brisbane
2015 Finalist in the Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane
2015 Highly Commended at the 'Who Is Looking At You' Portrait Prize, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Winner of the Richard and Wenda Ashton Art Prize
2013 Winner of the Sydney Mechanics School of Art Full-time Scholarship for The Julian Ashton Art School
2011 Recipient of the Chancellor's Commendation at Flinders University
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 'Brink', Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne
2016 'Reverie', ArtWorld Studio Gallery, Norman Park, Brisbane
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 'Temporal', Lethbridge Gallery (Bulimba), Brisbane
2017 'Exploration 17', Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2017 ' Virtual Connections', No 1 Martin Place (Mezzanine Floor), Sydney
2017 'Medley II', Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
2016 'Mythos', The Depot II Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney
2016 'Medley', The Depot Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney
2016 'Uncovered: Making a Work of Art', Project 504, St Leonards, Sydney
2015 'Vision', M2 Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
2015 'Every Boardroom Needs An Artist', The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2015 Flash Exhibition, Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney
2015 'Who Is Looking At You' Portrait Prize, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne
2014 The Julian Ashton Art School Students and Teachers Exhibition, The Sydney Mechanics School of Art
2014 The Rocks Village Bizarre, Pop Up Gallery, The Rocks, Sydney
2013 The Julian Ashton Art School Students and Teachers Exhibition, The Sydney Mechanics School of Art
2012 Building Bridges Exhibition, The UTS Gallery, Sydney
2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival Shimmering West Art Collective, Higher Ground, Adelaide
ART FAIRS

2017 'The Other Art Fair', Australia Technology Park, Sydney
PUBLICATIONS

Rees, J. 2016. Contemporary Art Awards: Finalist Exhibition 2015. 23 January-23 June 2016, Awards, Brisbane, Queensland

MEDIA

'ABC Weekend Breakfast', 15 October 2017
'The Guardian Australia', 11 October 2017
'Talking With Painters', Episode #23, 25 May 2017
'Drawing On Inspirations', The North Shore Times, 20 April 2016
Art Almanac, February 2016
'Sydney Artist Paints Westmead Doctors In New Light', Western Sydney Local Health District News, 19 January 2016
'People Person Paints Portrait', Parramatta Sun, 27 January 2016
'Artist Hand Double', A Place To Call Home Season 3, Seven Network, November 2015