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Matthew Simmonds

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About Matthew Simmonds

Matthew Simmonds graduated from university with a degree in history of art in 1984, specialising in the art and architecture of the medieval period. In 1991 he trained as an architectural stone carver, and in this capacity he participated in the restoration of several important historic monuments in England, most particularly Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral. In 1996 he transferred to Italy, where he specialised in the carving of fine classical sculpture in marble.

Exhibition History of Matthew Simmonds

2006 `Sculture nel Giardino`, solo exhibition, Albergo Battelli, Marina di Pietrasanta, Italy
`Sculture`, solo exhibition, Centro Culturale Luigi Russo, Pietrasanta, Italy

2003 International sculpture symposium, Hualien, Taiwan
`I segni e le Forme`, collective exhibition, Pietrasanta, Italy

2003 1st International Sculpture Exhibition, Guilin Yuzi Paradise, China,
`Artisti in Galleria`, collective exhibition, Arkad Foundation, Seravezza, Italy
`Sculpture in the Garden`, collective exhibition, University of Leicester Botanical Gardens, United Kingdom

2002 International Sculpture Symposium, Sant` Ippolito, Italy
`La Pietra Lavorata`, collective exhibition, San Niccolo, Arezzo, Italy
`Mater Materia`, collective exhibition, Florida International University, Miami, USA

2001 International sculpture symposium, Nantopietra, Vicenza, Italy
Second Prize

International Sculpture Symposium, Aley, Lebanon

2000 Third International sculpture symposium of Verona, Italy
Third prize

1999 Second International sculpture symposium of Verona, Italy
First Prize

1996 International Sculpture Symposium, Teulada, Sardinia, Italy

Biography / CV of Matthew Simmonds

From his early childhood, Matthew Simmonds was fascinated by stone buildings, an affection that flows into his sculptures, where stone architecture is used as a central theme. Making a play of architectural spaces on a small scale, the solid stone into which the sculptures are carved is opened up to reveal intricate internal worlds in which the changing viewpoint and light play a strong role in defining the sculptures.

Matthew Simmonds graduated from university with a degree in history of art in 1984, specialising in the art and architecture of the medieval period. In 1991 he trained as an architectural stone carver, and in this capacity he has participated in the restoration of several important historic monuments in England, most particularly Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral. He first went to Pietrasanta, in Italy, in 1996, where he learnt the techniques of fine classical carving in marble, and has now been based there since 2003.
In 1999 he won first prize at the Verona International Sculpture Symposium, gaining his first recognition as a sculptor. Since then he has participated in various international sculpture symposia, in Italy and beyond, winning several prizes. He has exhibited in the UK, Italy, China and the USA

Awards and Prizes of Matthew Simmonds

In 1999 he won first prize at the Verona International Sculpture Symposium, gaining his first recognition as a sculptor. Since then he has participated in various international sculpture symposiums, in Italy and beyond, winning several prizes. He has exhibited in Italy, Britain, China and the USA

Symposiums

Since 1999 he has participated in various sculture symposia worldwide. Winning several prices, and exhibitions in Italy, Britain, Germany, China and the USA. He shows regularly at The Medici Gallery, Cork Street in London, UK.
1999 - Second International sculpture symposium of Verona, Italy - First Prize

2000 - Third International sculpture symposium of Verona, Italy Third prize

Reviews of work by Matthew Simmonds

`To create a sculpture that catches the light and structure of a building and lets the eye wander, to feel that here my eye could live, here a part of me could stay, is a great achievement. The sculptures give the viewer a different perspective on space. They look different from every viewpoint. You long to be in them, and they seem almost more meaningful for that.`

Merete Prydes Helle April 2003

Qualifications / Education of Matthew Simmonds

Matthew Simmonds graduated from university with a degree in history of art in 1984, specialising in the art and architecture of the medieval period. In 1991 he trained as an architectural stone carver, and in this capacity he participated in the restoration of several important historic monuments in England, most particularly Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral. In 1996 he transferred to Pietrasanta, Italy, where he specialised in the carving of fine classical ornament in marble

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Matthew Simmonds

The Week
Reviews an exhibition in a private gallery:

This exhibition features the work of 6 contemporary artists - Tony de Wolf, Paul Slater, George Underwood, Matthew Simmonds, Jilly Sutton, Elaine Pamphilon and Lucy Boydell - all of whom have drawn inspiration from artists of the past, ranging from Dutch 17th century still-life painters to sculptors from ancient Greece and Rome.

One of the artists, Matthew Simmonds, is inspired by old buildings - in particular, medieval churches. His sculpture Vaulted Chamber, resembles a geode with rough stone on the outside but a jewelled interior within. Measuring 60cm high, it is inspired by a cathedral chapter house and carved into a lump of Italian limestone. Trained as a stonemason, Simmonds used to carve gargoyles for the restoration of Westminster Abbey before moving to Pietrasanta in Italy, the capital of stone-carving. Since childhood, he has loved the sense of space, light and calm of religious buildings of all kinds. "Carving into the stone", he says, "is like digging into your own soul."

Price Range of Work

Matthew Simmonds's work has a price range from £4,000 to £15,000

Mediums utilised

Matthew Simmonds's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Matthew Simmonds's work is found in the following categories on site:
Architectural Sculptures (7)
Buildings, Structures and Parts Statues or Sculptures (6)
Miniature Sculptures, statuettes or figurines (5)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (4)
Classical Style Sculptures and Statues (3)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (3)
Objects of desire Sculptures (3)
Column Pillar Columnar Stele sculpture statue statuary (2)
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone (2)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes
Religious Sculpture
Trompe l`Oeil Low Relief Panel Sculptures / Statues / panels
Christian Church Sculptures, Carvings Bas Reliefs Stained Glass and Statues
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside
Hyperrealistic Sculptures
Repetitive Form / Shape Abstract Sculptures / Statues
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