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Informed by contact with archaeological excavation sites, Simon Callery’s canvases are cut open to reveal the interior body of the work, or hang at disjointed angles, exposing their internal supporting structures. These are not literal mappings of trenches, pits or gullies, but works which parallel the process of exploration undertaken on site. Frustrating any idea of a single viewpoint or split-second visual encounter, Callery’s paintings encourage the viewer to examine the inner working of his paintings, to take time to look inside and behind them. “I felt that contemporary painting was broadly functioning in the same way as all the mass media images that surround us in everyday life. What I am trying to do is create an experience of looking at painting that more actively engages the senses. Funnily enough, the clues that really highlighted this imbalance in painting grew out of an awareness of how we respond to landscape.”
Simon Callery (b. 1960) is a graduate of Campion School (Athens), Berkshire College of Art & Design and Cardiff College of Art & Design. Selected solo exhibitions include Inland Sealand, 33 Newland, Dorset (2012), Physical Painting, Fold Gallery, London (2010), Thames Gateway Project, APT Gallery, London (2009), Westbrook Gallery, London (2008), Philippe Casini Gallery, Paris (2005), Segsbury Project, Dover Castle, Kent and Storey Gallery, Lancaster (2003), New Paintings, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles (2002), Artnow 19, Tate Gallery, London (1999), Simon Callery; Paintings 1995 – 1996, Anthony Wilkinson Fine Art, London (1996) and Muri, Christian Stein Gallery, Turin (1995). Selected group shows include B55Gallery, Budapest (2012), Within/Beyond Borders, Byzantine & Christian Museum. Athens (2011), What If It’s All True? What Then?, Mummery + Schnelle, London (2011), Manual Setting, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London (2011), House of the Nobleman, London (2010), Layers, Seongnam Art Centre. Korea (2010), Touchstone, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Wiltshire (2010), Walls Have Ears, Man & Eve, London (2008), Monochrome, Fine Art Society, London (2006), Colour White, De La Warr Pavilion. Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex (2002), Paper Assets, British Museum, London (2001), Fact and Value, Charlottenborg Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen (2000), Sensation, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (1999), Towner, Eastbourne, East Sussex (1997), Sensation, Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London (1997), Khoj, British Council, New Delhi (1997) and About Vision: New British Painting in the 1990′s, Modern Art Oxford (1996).