Rich Simmons is an award winning rising star in the British art scene. Rich’s work first exploded onto the commercial art scene with a street art piece celebrating the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. The piece entitled ‘Future ***King’ depicted the royal couple as Sid & Nancy of the Sex Pistols, capturing the feelings of a nation in a fresh and witty manner. Images of the work reached a global audience within hours of its completion.
Rich went on to exhibit in several with Imitate Modern gallery in London as well as shows abroad. A successful sale at a Bonhams street art auction and a cover magazine feature about being the first street artist to go to Azerbaijans capital Baku rounded out a hugely successful 2011.
“I’m always looking to find new ways to change my style up, create new ways of using stencils that haven’t been explored before and push my limits artistically.” – Artograma
Rich’s artwork deconstructs objects and relationships that are dear to him. He compartmentalises items and subcultures and celebrates their relationships. Involving the viewer in direct commentary, he juxtaposes their understanding of subject matter with his own sometimes abrupt, opinions and sense of humour. His street art roots are reflected in the use of his often elaborately detailed stencils.
Rich formed ‘Art is the Cure’ in 2008 to spread a message of support, understanding and escapism through creativity. As a mild autistic himself, Rich has first hand understanding of the release creativity can provide. He now uses sales of his artwork to continue to spread his ‘Art is the Cure’ message and supports a number of partner charities.
2010 Gallery Rouge, St Albans – Solo Show
2011 Opera Gallery, London – Group Show
2011 Opera Gallery, London – The Street Art Show
2011 Opera Gallery Pop Up Show, London – Solo Show
2012 Opera Gallery, London – Group Show
2012 Baku Museum of Modern Art, Azerbaijan – Group Show
2012 Imitate Modern, London – Group Show – Proud to Be British
2012 Imitate Modern, London – Solo Show – Just Be You Tiful
2012 Imitate Modern, London – Group Show – No Imitation
2013 Imitate Modern, London – Solo Show – The Inner Outside
2014 Imitate Modern, London – Solo Show – Kryptonite
2014 Soho Contemporary Art, New York – Solo Show – London Calling
2011 Bonhams, London – Urban Art Show (achieved an auction valuation of £8000)
2009 Vinspired Most Inspirational Volunteer National – Winner
2010 The Princes Trust Young Ambassador of the year – Finalist
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