Lee Simmonds received his BFA with First-Class Honours from the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, England in 2019. He also earlier studied at the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham. Simmonds’s artworks reside on a boundary of familiar and strange, ironic and grotesque. While his work is figurative, he would describe his process as fairly akin to that of the abstract painter. Simmonds is actively involved in theatre-making and he is often seeking new ways in which his two practices can converge which results in certain theatricality of his works.
Solo Exhibitions Into Yonderland, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London.
Group exhibitions include 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 which include the Christchurch A4 Prize (2019). In the same year, Simmonds was selected as one of 31 students worldwide for the Saatchi’s Rising Art Stars. He also received MS Amlin Young Artist Award (2016); BP Portrait Award (2015) and was the Winner of Regional 'Kickstart' Competition (2014).