Lee Simmonds received his BFA with First-Class Honours from the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, England, in 2019. His work explores boundaries between abstraction and narrative, the personal and the macrocosmic. Channelling everyday experience through the genre of magical realism, he strives to create uncanny situations, rendered through a continually evolving visual language. Simmonds is actively involved in theatre-making and he is often seeking new ways in which his two practises can converge.
Solo exhibitions include Into Yonderland, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020).
Group exhibitions include Cob Gallery Anniversary Show, Camden, London, UK (2022); Dancing in Dark Times, Pippi Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK (2021); W1 Curates x Artsy | Black History Month, Flannels flagship store, London, UK (2021); Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (2021); Tête à Tête, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Nevlunghavn, Norway (2021); Enter Art Fair, with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2021); IRL, Unit London, London (2020); All the Days and Nights, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020); Ruskin Degree Shows; Ruskin School of Art in Oxford (2019); New College Arts Week Exhibition, Warden’s Barn, New College, Oxford (2019); Ensemble Fictions, Brown’s Café, Oxford (2019); Cass Art Festival, OXO Tower Wharf, London (2017); National Open Art, Mercers’ Hall, London and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2016); Artsdepot Annual Exhibition, Artsdepot, London (2016); Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London (2016); BP Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery, London, Scottish Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Ulster Museum, Belfast (2015); Royal Academy Online Summer exhibitor (2014) and Royal Academy Online Summer exhibitor (2013).
Highlights and collections. Lee Simmonds has received several prestigious awards, including the Christchurch A4 Prize (2019). In the same year, Simmonds was selected as one of 31 students worldwide for Saatchi’s Rising Art Stars. He also received the MS Amlin Young Artist Award (2016) the BP Portrait Award (2015), and was the Winner of Regional 'Kickstart' Competition (2014).