Inman-Simpson, Rhiannon

Painting, drawing and writing

Artist statement

Åpent atelier søndag 28. april

The works explore the differences in how we navigate, both physically and imaginatively, three distinct realms: walking through a landscape, the pictorial space of a painting and the space of written language. I focus on the intersections between our internal and external environments, and in our very personal notions of a sense of place. I am interested in the interplay between writing and painting and have developed a process in which I both write in relation to the paintings, and paint in relation to the writings. I seek out open environments, solitary places where the weather is palpable, and it is these places in particular that seep into the works. The paintings play with abstraction, hovering between the real and imagined. A blue mark will become a puddle, a pool and then the sea. A brushstroke that started off as a mountain becomes a rock. Scale slips and slides and places form and dissolve and then reform again as somewhere new altogether. The places stay as fluid as the paint.

Damsgårdsveien 229
5160 Bergen

Telefon: 97972455


b. 1989, London, UK

2018 - 2019 Turps Banana Correspondence Course, London (online mentoring programme)
2014 - 2016 Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway, Masters Programme in Fine Art
2009 - 2011 The Glasgow School of Art, BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking
2010 Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada, Visual Arts: Painting 2007 - 2008 Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, Foundation Diploma

Residencies and Courses
2017 Frans Masereel Centre for Printmaking, Belgium. February - March.
2016 Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Shetland, Scotland. December.
2016 Kunstnarhuset Messen, Ålvik, Norway. November.
2016 Cill Rialaig, Ireland. February - March.
2014 Kunstnarhuset Messen, Ålvik, Norway. June - July.
2014 Mustarinda, Hyrynsalmi, Finland. February.
2012 Hafnarborg Centre for Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. March.

2017 Professional Art and Culture Grant - Electronic Art, Bergen Kommune, Norway.
2017 Diversestipend, Kulturrådet (Arts Council Norway)
2017 International Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant, Bergen Kommune, Norway.
2016 Diversestipend for Newly Educated Artists, Kulturrådet (Arts Council Norway)
2016 Travel Stipend, Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

Select Exhibitions (Solo and Collaborative)
2017 blister brumm, with Johanna Lettmayer, Lydgalleriet, Bergen, NO
2013 Ljós: Paintings and Drawings, with Daisy Millner, Bermondsey Project, London, UK
2012 Fahren, Skypark, Glasgow, UK
2011 Fahren, Assembly Gallery, Glasgow, UK

Select Exhibitions (Group)
2018 Kunstmarked, CM7, Bergen, NO
2018 Kiosken, Bergen, NO
2018 I Will Survive group show and ‘Survival handbook’ publication launch, Galleri CC and Alta Art Space, Malmö SE
2018 B-Open, Deltic Studios, Bergen, NO
2018 GIFC, Travelling exhibitions across the US and Europe
2016 Dulwich Artists’ Open House, London, UK
2016 hex, Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Bergen Kunsthall, NO
2016 (Reading) Prøverommet, 2016 Cornerteateret, Bergen, NO
2016 Three Iterations, Rom 8, Bergen, NO
2015 Feltarbeid Fra Stalheim og Bodø, Rom 8, Bergen, NO Feltarbeid Bodø, Nordland Kultursenter, NO
2015 Passenger, KHiB, Bergen, NO
2015 Vinje Snoformingsfestival, Åmot, NO
2014 Joy Forum, Christinegård, Bergen, NO
2014 Open House, Kunstnarhuset Messen, Ålvik, NO
2014 Dulwich Artists’ Open House, London, UK
2013 A Scattering of Stars, Wallprojects, Montrose, UK
2013 AMPS: Salon, Photofusion, London, UK
2013 5th Base Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, London, UK
2011 The Graduate Show, Nicole Porter Gallery, Aberdeen, UK Artsyland5, Wallprojects, Montrose, UK
2011 Degree Show, The Glasgow School of Art, UK
2009 Group Painting Exhibition, Newberry Gallery, Glasgow,
2008 UK Foundation Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London.

2018 ‘Survival handbook’, a wilderness survival guide with artists’ writings by
Anna Bak, Alexis Rodríguez Cancino, Karin Granstrand, Rhiannon Inman-Simpson, Nina
Jensen and Sheri Nault, edited by Sara Anstis

Bildende Kunstneres Forening Hordaland (BKFH), NO Norske Billedkunstenere (NBK), NO, LNM (Landsforeningen Norske Malere), NO

Reviews and Interviews
2016 En labil scene, by Simen Joachim Helsvig, Kunskritikk (review of Masters show)
2016 Experimental Approach of Painter, interview by Stephen Gordon, The Shetland Times

All blue after eyes closed in the bright, oil on canvas, 112 x 122cm, 2019
I try to keep the air, oil on canvas, 110 x 110cm, 2018
The contours pressed into my palms, oil on canvas, 61 x 76cm, 2019
The green heat sticks to my throat, oil on canvas, 50 x 60cm, 2019