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Multi Award winning artist has first Melbourne solo exhibition.

BY Ness Alexandra | 19-Mar-2017
Michael Simms is claiming his prize. He won a solo exhibition at Cambridge Studio Gallery as part of winning Who is Looking at You 2016. Reknowned judges Yvette Coppersmith and Godwin Bradbeer said that Michael created a portrait with sensitivity and empathy. BRINK is will debut Michael's sensative portaits and landscapes on March 29 @cambridgestudiogallery @michaelsimmsart @yvettecoppersmith.

‘BRINK’ by Michael Simms

March 29 – April 23
Opening Drinks: Sunday the 2nd of April, 2 - 4pm
Cambridge Studio Gallery, 52 Cambridge St, Collingwood VIC 3066

Michael Simms unveils Brink, his first Melbourne solo exhibition at Cambridge Studio Gallery in Collingwood. Inspired by subjects on the cusp of change, this series of paintings and drawings are both literal and allegorical expressions of transformation.

Michael’s intimately scaled and dream-like landscapes depict the precarious moments before an environment is plunged into darkness. Conversely, Michael’s dramatic portraits create a compelling tension in the exhibition with their vivid lighting and stillness. Notable sitters featured in Brink include Helpmann award-winning theatre luminaries Paul Capsis (starring as the Emcee in Cabaret at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne in April) and Esther Hannaford (Little Shop of Horrors and the title role in the upcoming Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), as well as Melbourne-based artist and Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria, Sarah Tracton.

Brink also includes conceptual explorations of the evolving notion of portraiture in a culture proliferated with cameras. Michael’s work comments on the impact of the unprecedented stream of faces modern audiences are exposed to via digital media, and the dichotomy between the authentic and disembodied virtual self.

This is Michael Simm’s prize for winning Cambridge Studio Gallery’s annual portrait prize, Who is Looking at You? in 2016.