Selected works by Simon Bedwell

Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Life After Liberalism)

2004



55 x 84 cm

Some of the posters have had their transient commercial directives so intertwined with the artist’s fictional and material alterations that it is impossible to tell where the original ends and the mutation begins.

Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Brains)

2003

Spray paint on found poster

79.2 x 59.5 cm

Whilst destroying the quick-hit, constantly shifting message of this ephemeral material, Simon Bedwell also saves it, giving it new weight and an object-quality that meanwhile retains an echo of the familiar.

Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Croatia)

2004

Spray paint on poster

89 x 63 cm

Using ClipArt and WordArt software, available to almost anybody with a computer, Simon Bedwell’s posters combine found pictures with words and phrases, real and invented.

Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Forgetkult)

2003

Spray paint on found poster

43 x 62.3 cm
Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Come to London)

2004

Spray paint on found poster on aluminium

64.3 x 49.3 cm
Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Eliteratti)

2004

Spray paint, acrylic and collage on paper

121.5 x 152 cm
Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Exhibition)

2004

Spray paint on found poster

43.7 x 55.5 cm
Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Festival)

2004

Spray paint on found poster

96 x 135 cm
Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Freud Museum)

2004

Spray paint on found poster

127 x 99.7 cm
Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Marli Renfro Centre)

2003

Spray paint on found poster

139.5 x 100 cm
Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Struggl)

2003

Spray paint and acrylic on paper

121.5 x 152.3 cm
Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Tate Jamaica)

2003

Spray paint on found poster

89 x 63 cm
Simon Bedwell
Untitled (The Rich..)

2004

Spray paint on found poster on aluminium

52 x 74.5 cm
Simon Bedwell
Untitled (Your Worst Fear)

2004

Spray paint on found poster

75 x 55.5 cm
Simon Bedwell
Liffosucter

2004

Oil, acrylic and spraypaint on canvas

158 x 213 cm

As in much of Simon Bedwell’s work, a wide range of visual material, from promotional blurbs to local newspaper headlines, from ’50s photography to Communist Bloc advertising, combines to shape the final images.

Simon Bedwell
Proposed Suburban Monument

2004

Oil and acrylic on canvas

207 x 165 cm

Simon Bedwell is best known for his hand-manipulated trashed posters and photographs, using text and spray-paint to generate esoteric, strangely poignant or crass comedic fusions of word and image.

Simon Bedwell
Capitulater

2004

Acrylic on canvas

158.5 x 213.5 cm

Simon Bedwell draws on the visual vernacular of the streets, employing the cheap and throwaway nostalgia of posters scavenged from billboards, bargain bins and thrift stores as raw materials to fragment, divert and elaborate the original meaning into absurd compositions, poetic narratives and sardonic allegories of power.







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Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Markus Amm    Tom Anholt    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Sara Barker    Michael Bauer    Dan Bayles    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Gabriella Boyd    Sarah Braman    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    David Brooks    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Peter Linde Busk    Carter    Nathan Cash Davidson    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Jessica Craig-Martin    Ana Cvorovic    Ian Davis    Inez de Coo    Nicholas Dedics    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Colden Drystone    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    David Ellis    Annabel Emson    Ayan Farah    Dee Ferris    Daphne Fitzpatrick    Luc Fuller    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    No√©mie Goudal    Elias Hansen    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    Valerie Hegarty    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Richard H√∂glund    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    David Humphrey    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Merlin James    Jacob Dahl J√ľrgensen    Tillman Kaiser    Scott King    Terence Koh    Alice K√∂nitz    John K√łrner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    George Henry Longly    Juliette Losq    Lake & Evans    Jill Mason    Simon Mathers    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Martin McMurray    Ryan McNamara    Turay Mederic    Robert Melee    Aleksandra Mir    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Luisa Mota    Carlos Noronha Feio    Nick Nowicki    William J. O'Brien    Matt O'dell    Mona Osman    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Dustin Pevey    Marius Pfannenstiel    Benedetto Pietromarchi    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Max Prus    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Jessica Sanders    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Lara Schnitger    Maaike Schoorel    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Macrae Semans    Jamie Shovlin    Daniel Silver    Agathe Snow    Anne Speier    Jeni Spota    Roman Stanczak    Martina Steckholzer    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Shaan Syed    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Rafal Topolewski    Ryan Trecartin    Francis Upritchard    Marianne Vitale    Caroline Walker    John Wallbank    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Alexi Williams    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers    Joel Wyllie    Haeri Yoo

Simon Bedwell's Biography

Simon Bedwell

Born in 1963, Croydon
Lives and works in London


From 1991-2002 worked almost exclusively under the name BANK, a studio-based collaborative practice. Since 2003 he has been working as a solo artist.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2009
Painter of the Hole, MOT International, London
Asphalt World, Studio Voltaire, London

2007
The Receivers, MOT International, London
The Furnishers, White Room, White Columns, New York

2006
The Researchers, Byam Shaw School of Art gallery, London

2005
The Adverts, Rental, Los Angeles
Gents: A Melodrama with 2 Acts, Platform, London
Simon Bedwell, Ritter/Zamet, London

2004
Advertising Doesn’t Tell Anyone Anything Anyway. Piccadilly Circus Underground station concourse, Platform for Art, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2010
So Be It: Interventions in Printed Matter, Roth, New York
La Belle Dame Sans Merci Vagas Gallery. London

2008
Other People’s Projects, White Columns, New York

2007
Last Of The Urgents, Colony Gallery, Birmingham
Second Life, Portman Gallery, London
Oliver Twist, Rental, New York

2006
Bring The War Home, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
Bring The War Home, QED Gallery, Los Angeles
I Am The Fly Franc-Paca, Marseilles
Pimps and Hookers 1000000mph, London
Simon/Sarah, Platform, London
Right on/Write Off, Chapman Fine Arts, London

2005
Paintings without Painters, Painters without Paintings, Orchard, New York
England Their England, Laden Fur Nicht, Leipzig
Post No Bills, White Columns, New York
Brit Povera, Gallerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Shouting At the Television (interview with Mustafa Halusi) online project

2004
Galleon and other Stories, Saatchi Gallery, London
Bech Futures 5, ICA, London and CCA, Glasgow
Grate Britain, Cell, London
Slimvolume 5, Redux, London
The Sound Of The Crowd, Ritter/Zamet, London
Tonight, Studio Voltaire, London