Simeon Nelson is an award winning sculptor, installation and interdisciplinary artist who works within the museum and in the public domain. His gallery based work and interventions into urban sites are concerned with revealing and mapping the hidden systems and significations of the site.
He obtained a BA in Fine Art from Sydney College of the Arts in 1987. After establishing himself as an artist in Australia and Asia in the 1990s, he moved to London in 2001 and is currently working on projects in Asia, Australia, Europe and the UK. He is Professor of Sculpture at the University of Hertfordshire and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He was a Finalist in the National Gallery of Australia’s National Sculpture Prize in 2005 and a Finalist in the 2003 Jerwood Sculpture Prize. Passages, a monograph on his work was published by The University of New South Wales Press, Sydney in 2000.
He has been the recipient of arts council grants in Australia and the UK, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship in 2000 and a Leverhulme Trust grant in 2007. In 1997 he was the Australian representative to the IX Triennial India, New Delhi.
Recent projects include Cryptosphere, artist residency and solo exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society, London, Desiring Machine, a monumental sculpture on the outskirts of Melbourne; Cactal, a sculptural intervention into the facade of the University of Teesside, UK; Proximities, in collaboration with sound artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and Flume, a large-scale site-embedded commission for Ashford, Kent, UK. His work is held in public and private collections including the Art/Omi Foundation, New York, the Jerwood Foundation, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK, and Goldman Sachs.
He is based in London