Simon Gaiger MRBS                                                                                                                                                                          

Simon Gaiger's sculptures are simultaneously human and landscape, narrative and abstract. They are influenced by the layers of his life and surroundings; a childhood in Africa and the Pacific, time spent working as a shipwrights assistant, the sea, engineering, history and mythology, drawings and thoughts collected over many years in the piles of black and grey sketchbooks that fill his home and studio in Wales.

There is a raw tension of opposing forces in his sculptures, elements strain and pull against each other or balance precipitously. Many of them can be re-configured to make different horizons, changing the interplay of spaces within and around them, inviting participation from the viewer. Colour unifies form and accentuates the play of light. Titles too are relevant, not always in the literal sense but as another aspect of the rhythm of the piece.

His sculptures are constructed from wood and forged and welded steel, sometimes concrete. It is the energy of their forms and the universality of their themes that give them their lasting resonance.



BIOGRAPHY

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

 


EXHIBITIONS & GALLERIES

Current Galleries:  Simon Gaiger is represented by: Knight Webb Gallery - Brixton, London and Circle Contemporary, Wadebridge - Cornwall.

He works closely on projects with architects and designers including:

Küchel Architects, Switzerland

Studio Reed, London

Rui Ribeiro, London

Exhibitions:

Solid Modern, Simon Gaiger & Genevieve Claisse - Circle Contemporary Gallery, Cornwall. October 2017

Volta, Basel with Knight Webb Gallery - June 2017

Rakes Progress Magazine Stand, Chelsea Flower Show - May 2017

Y Lle Celf - National Eisteddfod Abergavenny 2016

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' Land and Sea from the Edge. 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

Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen 'The County Show' 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

Adam 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


 A book about Simon Gaiger's Sculpture can be purchased from:                   

http://www.amazon.com/Simon-Gaiger-Mary-Sikkel/dp/136448062X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454929192&sr=8-1&keywords=simon+gaiger