Nexus III (detail), wood, reflective glass, mirror, stainless steel, MDF and LED lighting, 105 x 80 x 68cm (including plinth). Photo: Pippy Mount.

Jason Sims is an Australian artist whose practice embodies a fresh perspective on light-based, multi-media artworks. Sims graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the University of South Australia in 2006 and has since exhibited across Australia as well as in Hong Kong, the UK and the USA. His work is held in major public and private collections, including Artbank, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Gippsland Art Gallery. He is currently represented by MARS Gallery, Melbourne AUS and Madison Gallery, La Jolla USA. He also exhibits with The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong HK.

Though we are largely shaped by individual experience through feedback received from our senses, exercising our imagination can change the way we perceive the world around us and how we question assumed truths. It is this inherent imaginative component of our makeup and the way in which it can influence our understanding of reality that interests me. I am particularly inspired to create work that challenges perceptual systems through compelling the use of one’s imagination, as it is this quality that allows us to see the world in new ways.

-Sims 2016

 

Education

2007-2008                             

Bachelor of Education (Graduate Entry)

The University of South Australia

2006                                       

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)                      

The University of South Australia

2003-2005                  

Bachelor of Visual Arts

The University of South Australia / Bishops University, Canada

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 

More or Less, MARS Gallery, Melbourne

2015  

The Collections Project, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

2014   

New Works, MARS Gallery, Melbourne

Timelines, MARS Gallery, Melbourne

2013   

Beyond, MARS Gallery, Melbourne

The Space Between, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide

Fragment, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

2012   

Simulacra, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

Nowhere, Aeon Arts, Syndicate Gallery, Sydney

2011   

BlackBox, Gaffa - Rocks Pop-up Gallery, Sydney

Present in Absence, AP Bond Aboriginal and Contemporary Art, Adelaide

2010   

Suspend, Gallery 139, Adelaide

2009   

Transitive, Adelaide Arcade, SALA Festival 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 

Incandescence, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney

2015  

Patternation, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Sydney

Sydney Contemporary, MARS Gallery, Sydney

Affordable Art Fair, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

MARS Pop Up, MARS Gallery, Melbourne

Tom Malone Prize 2015, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

2014   

City of Hobart Art Prize 2014, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

Melbourne Art Fair, MARS Gallery, Melbourne

Young Collectors, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide

Affordable Art Fair, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

2013   

Signal 8 Summer Show, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

Affordable Art Fair, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

Tom Malone Prize 2013, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

2012   

Signal 8: STORM, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

Tom Malone Prize 2012, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

2011   

Winter Lights, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne

Refraction, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

2010   

SafARI, First Draft Gallery, Sydney

2007   

Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition

2006   

Graduate Exhibition, SASA Gallery, University of South Australia

 

Public Art

2016  

MDLU 792015 4, M Docklands, Melbourne

 

Awards, Achievements & Commissions

2015  

Winner, The Advertiser Contemporary Art Prize, SALA Festival

Project Grant, Arts SA

Finalist, Tom Malone Glass Prize

2014   

Winner, People's Choice Award, City of Hobart Art Prize

Finalist, City of Hobart Art Prize

Finalist, Kirra Illuminating Glass Award

2013   

Dion Lee Site 01, The Strand Arcade, Sydney

Finalist, Tom Malone Glass Prize

2012   

Project Grant, Arts SA

Jump Mentorship, Youth Arts Queensland, supported by Australia Council

Finalist, Tom Malone Glass Prize        

Finalist, Alice Prize

2011   

Finalist, Tom Malone Glass Prize

2010   

ArtStart Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

Artist Residency, Sydney College of the Arts

2009   

Finalist, SALA Festival SALife Young Artist Award

Finalist (honourable mention), SALA Festival Rip It Up Emerging Artist Award

2007   

Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition People’s Choice Award

 

Publications

Nick Mitzevich, ‘The secret lives of artists’, InDaily, Wednesday 5 October 2016, http://indaily.com.au/opinion/2016/10/05/the-secret-lives-of-artists/.

Freya Herring (ed.), ‘Don’t Miss’, Vogue Living, July/Aug 2016, p. 120.

Robert Reason, ‘SALA Festival: Jason Sims’, Articulate, Winter 2015, pp. 12-13.

Jane Llewellyn, ‘Profile: Jason Sims’, The Adelaide Review, July 2015, p. 31.

Peter McDonald, ‘Glass is half full for Jason’, The Advertiser, Saturday 4 July 2015, p. 21.

Helen McKenzie, ‘Lightbulb Moments’, Art Collector, 2014 Special Edition, Melbourne Art Fair, pp. 48-51.

Suzanne Peck, ‘On the Edge’, Craft Arts International, No. 87, 2013, pp. 30-33

 

Collections

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Gippsland Art Gallery

Artbank, national contemporary art rental

Private collections national and international