Simón Granell




1989–91 The Slade School of Art, MA (painting)
1984–87 Falmouth School of Art, BA (Hons) 1st Class

Simón is a Senior Lecturer and MA Fine Art Course Leader at the Arts University Bournemouth

Selected Group Exhibitions

165 Annual Open Exhibition,
Royal West of England Academy
A Painting Exhibition, Bandstand, Lower Gardens, Bournemouth

The Lock Up, Newcastle, Australia, AirSpace Projects, Stoke on Trent

(Detail), H Project Space, Bangkok, Thailand, Transition Gallery, London, Usher Gallery, Lincoln

Down to Zero
, Patrick Heide Contemporary Fine Art, London
Curated by Michael Roberts

Drawology: One Year On. Lanchester Gallery, Coventry.
Curated by Deborah Harty

A Machine Aesthetic, Co-curator. Gallery North, Northumbria University, Arts University Bournemouth, University of Lincoln Gallery and Norwich University of the Arts

Drawology: Drawing as phenomenology. Bonington Gallery, Nottingham. Curated by Deborah Harty

ReGroup, 51 Clerkenwell Road, London

The Devil finds work for idle hands, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, Geary St, San Francisco

Artist Associate: Beyond the Commission, The Gallery, AUCB and ArtSway

We are all in this together, Bureau Gallery, Manchester

Meeting Place, Russell-Cotes Galleries & Museum and Arts University Bournemouth

Underground, Co-curator. Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Nov '07 - May 09 (detail),
Installation, Projectspaceplus, University of Lincoln

a Sanchez Cotán, Galleri Pluss Minus, Trondheim, Norway

In no particular order, text+work, Arts University Bournemouth


I know what I like - 1/7 - 14/7 2015

Curator of Swedish Artist Jacob Dahlgren's Peinture Abstraite - Curated Shows

While Dahlgren stands immobile in the designated t-shirt of the day, the shifting world satellites him, and reminds us of a human need for an anchor for our reflections in the world; a grid reference or co-ordinate.

In the song I know what I like (In Your Wardrobe) by Genesis, Jacob’s namesake, a one time roadie for the band, is the protagonist that chooses to remain just as he is, pushing a lawnmower, in favour of the failing world around him. Perhaps he was stupid. Jacob refers to himself as “stupid”. From Wednesday 1st July 2015 I invite Jacob to: perform an act of kindness for someone else, however small, once a day, and reflect upon his stupidity for 14 days. He should wear a t-shirt as the mood takes him; perhaps a favourite, one that he needs to become reacquainted with, one he doesn’t like, one that matches his trousers. I imagine you know what you like.

A Machine Aesthetic, Gallery North, Northumbria University, The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth, Norwich University of the Arts.
An exploration of the various manifestations, uses and influences of different aspects of Mechanisation within the practice of a diverse range of contemporary artists. Co-curated with Eric Butcher. Including Andrew Bracey, Eric Butcher, David Connearn, Rob Currie, Paul Goodfellow, Simón Granell, Emma Hart, Dan Hayes, Natasha Kidd, Tim Knowles, Michael Roberts.

Underground, Basement rooms of Shoreditch Town Hall, East London.
An exploration of the conceptual and procedural relationships between the work of three contemporary artists: Roger Ackling, Eric Butcher and Simón Granell. We conceive of the support as a site with a particular history. Each artist determines this history through the performance of a variety of processes, procedures or systems. Each create surfaces that record, or manifest the histories of their own making. Our primary concern is with the creative act rather than resultant object, i.e. that which stands behind or ‘under’ the physical ground formed by the surface of the support. The object is a form of residue, the abandoned relic of a performance or ritual.


Arts Council England, Grant for the Arts, A Machine Aesthetic


PEEL Magazine: A Machine Aesthetic, Gallery North by Lucy Moss

Andrew Bracey in conversation with Simón Granell and Eric Butcher, projectspaceplus, University of Lincoln. 05 04 2014

PEEL Magazine: Zara Worth with Simón Granell and Eric Butcher, 09 12 2013

Professor Helen Baker in conversation with Simón Granell, Eric Butcher, Natasha Kidd and Paul Goodfellow. Gallery North, Northumbria University. 09 12 2013