Simon Terrill


Born 1969: Currently lives & works in London, UK

Simon Terrill's work is a photographic engagement with groups and crowds that has involved large scale orchestrated gatherings of communities in specific sites and also images of groups of people captured in motion, unaware of the camera's presence. The focus on the crowd is centred around an idea of a contrasting and oscillating space between the personal and the public, the individual and the collective and the impact of these fluid definitions on architecture, portraiture and the photograph. Terrill's recent works incorporate a form of analogue photographic manipulation in order to create images of ‘erased' crowds. Multiple exposures of a single, densely populated scene form an image that initially appears vacant and totally void of people, but on closer examination expose a residue of presence. Coloured smears and hazy stains are the only bruises that the film retains during this extended moment of photography. These scenes of apparent erasure have expanded to include a series of portraits that offer a shuddering representation of a figure in movement, revealing a choreography that flickers between absence and presence, individual and crowd.

Simon Terrill is an Australian artist based in London. He works with photography, sculpture, video and installation. Following a BA in Sculpture and MA in Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts Melbourne, he lectured in Critical and Historical Studies (2005-08) and the Centre for Ideas (2003-08), both at the VCA. In 2008 Terrill was awarded the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship to spend a year at the Slade in London. Recent solo exhibitions include; Nouns of Assembly, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne 2016, South of the River: Crowd Theory, National Portrait Gallery, London 2016; The Brutalist Playground, a collaboration with Assemble, The Royal Institute of British Architects 2015 & S1 Artspace, Sheffield & Peacock Arts, Aberdeen, 2016; Room X, Balfron Tower 2014; Tilt, Sutton Gallery Melbourne 2013; Crowd Theory Adelaide, Samstag Museum of Art, South Australia, 2013, Balfron Project II, 2 Willow Rd Ernő Goldfinger National Trust Museum, Hampstead, London 2011 and Phantom, Sutton Gallery 2011. Group exhibitions include: The Piranesi Effect, Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne 2014; Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London 2011; Contemporary Encounters, National Gallery of Victoria, 2010; William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne 2009; Photo-ID, Contemporary Art Norwich (CAN09), funded by the Wellcome Trust 2009; and FX in Contemporary Photography, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Melbourne 2008. He currently lectures in the history and theory of photography at London Southbank University. In 2012 the Melbourne based publisher M.33 produced a monograph of his work titled Proscenium.

Simon Terrill is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia



Simon Terrill CV 2016

Artwork by Simon Terrill

Crowd Theory Adelaide: Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga

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