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.
First Drawing of a Horse
20 May - 17 June, 2023
18 November - 17 December, 2022
25 November - 19 December, 2020
8 September - 8 October, 2016
Group Show 27
1 - 31 May, 2014
Hany ArmaniousMatthys GerberJohn NixonMikala DwyerVicente ButronAnne-Marie MayStephen LittleMaria CruzA.D.S. DonaldsonKerrie PolinessSylvie FleuryJohn ArmlederOlivier MossetAndreas Reiter RaabeJustene WilliamsSophie CoombsGail HastingsGeoff KleemPaul SaintTony SchwensenJulian DashperGerold MillerDiena GeorgettiMike ParrMelinda HarperAndreas ExnerRuark LewisMarco FusinatoKatharina GrosseJohn SpiteriJan van der PloegJulia GormanJames LynchRicky SwallowStephen BirchDavid GriggsElizabeth NewmanRobert PulieCarla CesconSimon BarneyTim SilverPeter WüthrichMary TeagueJulie FragarHuseyin SamiRachel ScottOscar YanezSydney BallElizabeth PulieStephen BramRose NolanKoji RyuiGemma SmithSimon DennyMatt HinkleyJohn NicholsonJustin TrendallChristopher HanrahanRon AdamsMoya McKennaSandra SeligJamie NorthTodd McMillanJonathan ZawadaReuben Keehan
13 March - 17 April, 2014
7 - 30 November, 2013
25 March - 25 April, 2009
30 March - 21 April, 2007
6 - 30 September, 2006