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Jane Simpson

Artist Biography

Jane Simpson, born in 1965, lives and works in London. She graduated from the Chelsea School of Art in 1988 and earned an MFA from the Royal Academy of Art 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. Her work has been exhibited internationally in London, Madrid, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Berlin, Seoul, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, and New York. Simpson's work is part of many public and private collections including the Saatchi Collection, Arts Council of England, Damien Hirst's Murderme Collection, Contemporary Art Society, London, British Council Collection and the Colección Ciudad de Pamplona.


Born in London, UK, 1965
Lives and works in London, UK


Postgraduate Diploma, Royal Academy Schools, London, UK
BA Hons, Fine Art 2:1, Chelsea School of Art, London, UK


January - March - IASPIS fellow to Goteborg , Sweden (based in Valand School of Art)
October - January - The Shoreditch Town Hall Trust Artist in Residency, London


A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, Four All Saints, London, UK

My Inheritance and Other Bloody Tales, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY

Still Still Life, Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain

A Three Way Conversation with Myself, New Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery, Roche Court, UK

Tableau, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo (CAC), Malaga, Spain
Somewhere (between freezing and melting) there lies passion, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
Somewhere (between freezing and melting) there lies passion, Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain

Fresh, Fresher, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK

One in the Other, London, UK

Asprey jacques, London, UK
Stenashalle, Goteborg Konstmuseum, Goteborg, Sweden
Fresh, Galeria Javier López, Madrid, Spain

It Only Takes A Moment (to reach a natural high), Norrtalje Konsthall, Norrtälje Municipality, Sweden

Folly, The Approach, London, UK

Material Girl, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London, UK

Jane Simpson Invites You, Marc Jancou Gallery, London, UK

Eager to Please, Jibby Beane Gallery, London, UK


Gravity & Disgrace: Rachel Howard, Jane Simpson & Amelia Whitelaw, Blaine/Southern, London, England

Keep Me Posted, East Loondon Post Office, London, UK
The Gathering Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, arts council collection show, Wakefield, UK

The White Show PM Gallery & House, curated from Arts Council collection by Caroline Douglas
Meltdown Flowers East, Kingsland Road, London, UK
The Sculpture Show V22, The Almond Building, London, UK

In Pieces 39 Myddleton Square, EC1, London, UK

Kissing Cousins, curated by Jane Simpson and Sarah Staton, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
Weather Report (Art and Climate Change) at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Canary Islands, Spain

Sensory Material, Bonhams Art House, Bonhams Auctioneers, New Bond Street, London, UK
Baroqueism, Royal Academy Schools Gallery, Hornsey, London, UK

Still, with Michael Bevilacqua and George Condo, Sandra Gering Gallery,
New York, NY
Third Biennale of Valencia, Spain, Centro Del Carmen – Museo De Bellas Artes De Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Out of the Ordinary, Travelling Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
telltail, Ewha Art Centre, Seoul, South Korea
Still Life With, Kate MacGarry Gallery, London, UK

Summer 2004, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
MacDuff Interiors, Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London, UK
XS, fa projects, London, UK
Daddy Pop, Curated by Jane Simpson and Sarah Staton, Anne Faggionato Gallery, London, UK

Melodrama, Artium, Vitoria, Spain travelling to Centro Jose Guerrero, Granada, Spain
MARCO, Vigo, Spain
Still Life, British Council touring exhibition curated by Ann Gallagher, Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chili; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela; Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico; Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogota, Columbia; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Panama City, Panama; Museo de Arte Moderna, Guatemala; Nitero, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Stitched Up-The Politics of Fashion, Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, UK
Not what it Seems, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK
The Happy Face of Globalisation, 1st Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics, Albisola, Italy
The (Ideal) Home Show, Gimpel Fils, London, UK
at home, Lennon, Weinberg Inc, New York, NY
Royal Academy Summer Show, curated by Peter Blake, Invited Artist Room, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Boomerang-Collectors choice, Exit Art, New York, NY
The Language of Things, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK
Counter, AVCO, London, UK

Candy: who is afraid of visual candy?, SCP, Curtain Road, London, UK
Soft Core, Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY

My Old Man Said Follow the Van, The Rosemary Branch Theatre, London, UK
Think Twice, OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
Officina Europa, curated by Renato Barilli, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

Here to Stay, Arts Council Collection, purchases from the 1990s, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK
Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France
From Within, Juliet (curated by Paolo Cecchetto), Trieste, Italy
Kettle Blue, Galerie Beaumont, Luxembourg

Three Artists (with Michael Landy, Simon Perriton), Habitat Store, Manchester, UK
Invited, Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY
Sensation (Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection), selected by Norman Rosenthal, Royal Academy of Arts, London, touring to Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany and Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Clean and Sane, Edsvik Konsthall, Sweden, touring to Gallerie F15, Moss, Norway
Home, Margaret Harvey Gallery, St.Albans, UK
Three Artists, The Approach Gallery, London, UK
Sarah Staton's Superstore De Luxe, Arnolfina, Bristol, UK and Up+Co, New York, NY

Reternity, The National Museum of Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden
Plastic, Richard Salmon Gallery, London touring to Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK and Walsall City Museum of Art, Walsall, UK

My Darling Ciccolina, Last Order Gallery, London, UK
Just Do It (curated by Stefan Kalmar), Cubitt Gallery, London, UK
Now Wash Your Hands, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, GB touring to Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, Northumberland, UK
Hello, Andrehn-Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, curated by Damien Hirst, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, touring to Nordic Arts Centre, Helsinki, Finland; Hannover Kunstverein, Hanover, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Portalen Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Falklands House, London, UK
Domestic Violence, curated by Alison Jacques, Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy

Royal Academy Summer Show, London, UK
Riverside Open Exhibition, Riverside Studios, London, UK


Kissing Cousins, Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds, Artists' interview by Sophie Raikes

Baroqueism: Annie Attridge and Jane Simpson, Royal Academy Schools and MoCA, London, Contributions Norman Rosenthal

Tableau, CAC Malaga, text by Louisa Buck (SOLO)
Daddy Pop, published by Anne Faggionato Gallery, London, text by Andrew Wilson

Fresh Fresher, Other Criteria, London, texts Norman Rosenthal, Mark Godfrey, Ulrike Groos (SOLO)

Melodrama, Artium, Centro Jose Guerro, MARCO, Spain, texts by Pedro Almodavar, Doreet Le Vitte
Harten, John Miguel Company Ramon
Still Life, British Council, London, text By Ann Gallagher

The Happy Face of Globalisation, 1st Biennial of Ceramics in Contemporary Art, æBiennale di Cermica nell'Arte Contemporanea; Il Volto Felice della Globalizzione, attese onlus, Milan, Text Roberto Constiantino
Counter, Mr +Mrs Design, London, text Malcolm Quinn
The language of Things, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, text Ian Jeffrey

It only takes a moment (to reach a natural high), Norrtalje Konstahll, Sweden, text Maria Lind (SOLO)
Officina Europa, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Edizioni Gabrielle Mazzotta, Bologna, text Renato Barrii

Here to Stay, Arts Council of England, London, text Susan May
From Within, Juliet Editrice, texts Paolo Cecchetto and Marina Wallace

Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, The Royal Academy Of Arts and Thames
and Hudson, London, texts Norman Rosenthal, Lisa Jardine, Martin Maloney and Richard Shone
Clean & Sane, Edsvik Konst Och Kultur, Sweden, text Maria Lind

Plastic, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, and Richard Salmon Gallery, London, text Neil Cummings

My Darling Ciccolina, Filef, London
Now Wash Your Hands, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, text Josephone Lanyon and Rebecca Fortnum

Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, Serpentine Gallery, London, text Richard Shone
Shark Infested Waters, The Saatchi Collection.Zwemmers, London, text Sarah Kent


Arts Council of England
British Council Collection, London, UK
CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain
Celebrity Cruises M.V. Millennium, Miami, FL
Colección Ciudad de Pamplona, Pamplona, Spain
Contemporary Art Society, London, UK
The Cranford Collection, London, UK
Damien Hirst's Murderme Collection, London, UK
Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA
Saatchi Collection, London, UK

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September 2012

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December 2007

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Time Out
January 2003

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