SIMON GAIGER, MRBS

My sculptures are made from wood, metal and the materials that I find around me. They are descriptions of the elements, forces and patterns within the landscape, natural and man-made, a synthesis of where these meet, clash or unify. Laid hedges, sea defences, harbours, old boundaries, disused railway lines. Places where the memory of man is recorded in nature influence me, as do mans engineered devices that steer or harness the elemental forces. Where nature bends to mans hand for a moment then turns and moves on. References also come from my childhood in Africa and the South Pacific.

Many pieces have moveable parts or suggest a use, inviting the viewer to respond by re-arranging, touching or changing the form. Obviously tactile elements are either offered up or shielded. Colour is used simply, either to accentuate the play of light or as distinct colours to emphasize particular aspects.”

1965: Born Banbury, UK. Moves to Uganda. From there spends childhood in Sudan, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Falkland Islands and Cornwall. Educated in various schools in the UK and abroad.
1983-1984: Works as a shepherd and shipwrights assistant in the Falkland Islands
1984-1985: West Surrey College of Art & Design
1987-1989: Merrist Wood Agricultural College, trains in landscape construction.
1989-1994: Designing and constructing commercial and domestic landscapes and gardens in Dorset and London.
Also making sculpture and furniture.
1994: Decides to concentrate solely on making sculpture and furniture. Exhibits widely in the UK and Europe.
Makes work for private and public commissions.
2003: Move to Carmarthenshire, Wales.
2008: Elected to membership of the Royal British Society of Sculptors

‘Solid Modern’ –  Circle Contemporary, 2017

In curating SOLID MODERN we have chosen artists who’s cardinal form stems from the Modern movements of Cubism, Di Stijl and Surrealism. Simon Gaiger from Wales and Parisian Genevieve Claisse have suitably different takes on abstraction.

 

London Art Fair – January 2016
‘Anthropocene’ – Circle Contemporary Gallery,
Wadebridge, Cornwall. September 2015
‘Works on Paper’, Knight Webb Gallery, Brixton. 24th April-16th May 2015
‘Boundless’ Circle Contemporary Gallery, Wadebridge, Cornwall. 28th March-30th May 2015
London Art Fair, 21st -25th January 2015
‘Form, Light, Sound’ – Circle Contemporary Gallery, Wadebridge, Cornwall September 2014 to January 2015
‘The County Show’ – Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen
July – Sept 2013
Neo Bankside London 2012-2013
PAD London 2012
20/21 British Art Fair, London 2012
Flow Gallery, London 2011
PAD London, London 2011
Ada Gallery, Cork Street, London 2011
Stilnovo, Copenhagen 2010
Galerie Katwijk, Amsterdam
St Davids Studio Gallery, St Davids 2010
Strand Gallery, Aldeburgh 2010
Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen 2009
‘Art Amsterdam’ collaboration with John O’Carroll, 2009
‘Simon Gaiger New Works’, Padstow Contemporary
Art 2008
‘Ambient Light’, Artspace 3, Amsterdam 2008
L’Orient Festival Interceltique, Brittany, France. 2006
Black Swan Gallery, Frome , Somerset. 2006
‘Kunst Rai’, collaboration with John O’Carroll,
Amsterdam 2006
‘Kunst Rai’, collaboration with John O’Carroll,
Amsterdam 2005
‘Groen en Hout’, collaboration with John O’Carroll, Haarlem, Holland. 2005
‘Krieger & Katwijk’, collaboration with John O’Carroll Amsterdam. 2004
Cambridge Contemporary Craft, Cambridge
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
Cider Press Gallery, Dartington, Devon with Guy Martin, Matthew Burt and Andrea Stemmer, 1997