Nov 07 – May 09
Paynes grey, oil on linen
Original size: 120 x 120 cm
Photographer: © Peter Abrahams
Making reference to an eclectic range of influences including Eastern philosophy and Spanish still life painting, Simón Granell’s practice explores process through painting, drawing and text as metaphors for presentness, employing systems of layering and repetition. Strict parameters are employed to allow the uncontrolled to happen. The process of repetition leads either to ambiguity or articulation, each variation becoming writ large because of its repetitious nature.
Simón Granell studied fine art at Falmouth School of Art and The Slade School of Art, London. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and an MA supervisor at The Arts University Bournemouth.
In 2007 he exhibited in Underground with Roger Ackling and Eric Butcher; a site-specific collaboration in the labyrinth of basement rooms at Shoreditch Town Hall, East London. His first solo exhibition was a Sanchez Cotán in Trondheim, Norway in 2009 and recent projects include The devil finds work for idle hands at Toomey Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco (2012) and Drawology: drawing as phenomenology at the Bonington Gallery Nottingham, and the co-curation of A Machine Aesthetic at Gallery North, Northumbria University, The Gallery, The Arts University Bournemouth, University of Lincoln, Norwich University of the Arts (2013-2014) where eleven contemporary artists were invited to explore the various manifestations, uses and influences of different aspects of mechanisation within their practice.