Jane Simpson (artist)

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Jane Simpson (born 1965) is a British artist who lives and works in London. She primarily produces sculptures, using diverse elements such as ice, silicone rubber, wood, precious metals, glass, ceramics and household objects including items bought at flea markets and on eBay.[1]


Simpson was born in Swansea and graduated from the Chelsea School of Art in London in 1988 and earned an MFA from the Royal Academy of Art in London in 1993. In 1994 she was included in the seminal exhibition Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, curated by Damien Hirst, at the Serpentine Gallery, London. Simpson’s work was also part of the controversial Sensation exhibition of 1997.[2]

Recent solo exhibitions include: A Three Way Conversation with Myself at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire (2005); “Tableau at CAC Malaga (2004); and Somewhere (between freezing and melting) there lies passion at both Galería Javier López, Madrid and Sandra Gering Gallery, New York (2004). Recent group exhibitions include kissingcousins curated by Jane Simpson and Sarah Staton at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2007); Weather Report (Art and Climate Change) at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Canary Islands (2007); and the Valencia Biennale (2005). Simpson’s work is part of many public and private collections including the Arts Council of England, Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection, the British Council and the Colección Ciudad de Pamplona. Four of her works were in the Saatchi Collection.[3] Simpson is also the current production manager of a portfolio of prints called House of Fairy Tales, which includes work by Dexter Dalwood, Cornelia Parker, Sir Peter Blake and Gavin Turk. In 2014 Simpson returned to live in Swansea and opened an art gallery in the city.[4]

Simpson is well known for her sculptures, which involve various materials, from rubber casting techniques to sewing machines connected to refrigeration units so that they become covered with a layer of frost. Regarding her work, Simpson has said "I think of it as a marriage of two different technologies."[5]


  1. ^ Schwendener, Martha. “Jane Simpson: Gering & López Gallery.” ArtForum International May 2008: 379.
  2. ^ Rachel Mainwaring (23 April 2016). "How artist Jane Simpson is bringing the London art world to Wales". Wales Online. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Dingle, Robert. "The Gathering". artscouncilcollection. Archived from the original on 17 March 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Robert Denholm-Hall (5 June 2014). "Art gallery becomes latest tenant at £25m Swansea Urban Village". Wales Online. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Robinson, Walter. “Weekend Update.” ArtNet, 11 March 2008.

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