Simon Barney

Simon Barney

Simon Barney (b.1958 Newcastle) currently lives and works in Sydney. Barney's paintings represent the world in its most unrehearsed and unorchestrated state, focussing on uncontrived, informal landscapes and chance groupings of discarded objects.

This seeming diffidence towards subject matter manifests as a genuine affection for the provisional and haphazard arrangements of the natural and man-made environments that become his focus. In recent years, Barney has been producing entirely abstract compositions, concerned more so with painterly gestures and mark-making.

Barney has been exhibiting since 1988. His work has appeared in group exhibitions internationally in countries including Australia, The Philippines, Mexico, Germany and Austria. Barney has also been the director of several artist-run exhibition spaces including the long running exhibition project Breifcase (in which exhibitions were carried around town by Barney in a briefcase and unpacked in venerable locations such as the Hollywood Hotel, Surry Hills). His work is held in public and private collections including Artbank, and RACV Australia.

Selected works


    Simon Barney

    #3 2016


    Simon Barney

    19.7.13 2013


    Simon Barney

    #53 2016

    North Road #10

    Simon Barney

    North Road #10 2009


    Simon Barney

    14.9.12 2012


    Simon Barney

    16.10.13 2013




    John ArmlederSimon BarneyMaria CruzJulie FragarSarah MoscaOlivier MossetJonny NiescheGemma SmithJelena TeleckiOliver WagnerBrendan Van HekJan van der Ploeg

    25 November - December 19, 2020

  • Paint Drawings

    Simon Barney

    Paint Drawings

    8 September - October 8, 2016

  • Group Show 27

    Group Show 27

    Simon BarneyJohn NixonSandra SeligHuseyin Sami

    1 - May 31, 2014

  • 20 200

    20 200

    Hany ArmaniousMatthys GerberJohn NixonMikala DwyerMaria CruzAnne-Marie MayA.D.S. Donaldson & Andreas ExnerSylvie FleuryKerrie PolinessJohn ArmlederOlivier MossetAndreas Reiter RaabeGail HastingsTony SchwensenPaul SaintGerold MillerDiena GeorgettiMelinda HarperRuark LewisJohn SpiteriJan van der PloegJulia GormanJames LynchDavid GriggsElizabeth NewmanRobert PulieSimon BarneyPeter W├╝thrichTim SilverMary TeagueHuseyin SamiRachel ScottOscar YanezElizabeth PulieStephen BramRose NolanKoji RyuiGemma SmithSimon DennyMatt HinkleyJohn NicholsonChristopher HanrahanJulie FragarJustin TrendallMoya McKennaRon AdamsSandra SeligJamie NorthTodd McMillanJonathan ZawadaJustene Williams

    13 March - April 17, 2014

  • Screen Fade

    Simon Barney

    Screen Fade

    7 - November 30, 2013

  • Silverland

    Simon Barney


    25 March - April 25, 2009

  • Crate Paintings

    Simon Barney

    Crate Paintings

    30 March - April 21, 2007

  • we're open

    we're open

    Simon BarneyStephen BramMarco FusinatoMatthys GerberKatharina GrosseReuben KeehanJohn NixonRose NolanElizabeth PulieAndreas Reiter RaabeKoji RyuiGemma SmithJohn Spiteri

    6 - September 30, 2006