'Bench Painting Untitled', Michael Simpson

A large cage with a fluorescent light above it

2010, Oil on canvas, 183 x 365.5 cm

Artist's statement

This is a 'Bench Painting'. It is the last work of a series which I began in 1989.


Born in Dorset in 1940, Michael Simpson lives and works in Wiltshire. He attended Bournemouth College of Art 1958-60 and the Royal College of Art London 1960-63. Solo exhibitions include 'Six Large Paintings' Bristol Museum and Art Gallery 1973, 'Paintings 1980-1983' Arnolfini Gallery Bristol 1983, 'Recent Paintings' Serpentine Gallery London 1985, 'Bench Paintings' 1992-1995 Arnolfini Gallery and Oriel 31 Newtown 1996, 'Bench Paintings, Recent Work' 2005-2006 David Risley Gallery London 2007, 'Bench Paintings and works on paper' Volta New York 2008, 'The Bench Painting Series, A Survey', 1989-2010 URA Istanbul (supported by the British Council) forthcoming 2010. His fourth 'John Moores' exhibition.