ABOUT STUART SEMPLE

Stuart Semple b.1980 lives and works in Dorset, England.

He studied fine art at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Stuart has enjoyed over 15 solo exhibitions dedicated to his work in New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan and Hong Kong. Semple’s works have featured in numerous group shows, fairs and biennials and at institutions including, The Barbican, ICA London, Metropolitan Museum NY, Goss Michael Foundation, Coventry Center for Contemporary Art, Sao Paulo Biennale, Frieze, Art Basel Miami and the Hong Kong Art Fair.

His pieces can be found in notable public and private collections including, The Getty, Langen and David Roberts foundation collections. Harvard Museum, Metropolitan Museum & Seoul Museum of art.

Semple has written for The Guardian, Huffington Post and held a weekly column for Art of England Magazine. He has presented an art and design show for the BBC and been featured in publications including Wired, Financial Times, GQ, Flash Art, ArtForum, Modern Painters, The Art Newspaper, New York Times and Architectural Digest.

Semple has collaborated with cities including Melbourne, Dublin, London, Moscow and Manchester on major public art projects around happiness and inclusion. His most ambitious was Happy City (2018) In which he created several large scale public interventions throughout Denver. 

He regularly speaks on art and mental health and has appeared at Denver Art Museum, Oxford University, Royal College of Art, The Southbank Center, The Whitworth, Frieze London and others.

On the first International Day of Happiness Stuart Semple was honoured by the UN with a Happiness Hero medal in recognition for his “HappyCloud” performance from Tate Modern in London. Semple is an ambassador mental health charity Mind, with whom he initiated the creative therapies fund throughout England and Wales.

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STUART SEMPLE b.1980

1980

Born in Bournemouth, England

1997

School of Art and Design, Poole

2000

Bretton Hall, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Lives and works in Dorset

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

‘Happiness HQ’, The Dairy Block, Denver, US

2016

Untitled’, Lane Meyer Projects, Denver, US

2015

My Sonic Youth’, Fabien Castanier, Los Angeles, US

My Happy Place’, Coventry Centre of Contemporary Art, Coventry, UK

2014

Anxiety Generation’, Delahunty, London, UK

2013

Suspend Disbelief’, The Heritage Rooms, Victoria House, London, UK

Every Now And Then I Fall Apart’, ART13, London, UK

2012

Everlasting Nothing Less’ Galleria UNO+UNO, Milan, Italy

It’s Hard to be a Saint in this City’, The Space, Hong Kong, China

2010

The Happy House’, Morton Metropolis, London,UK

2009

Lipstick Vogue’, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Everlasting Nothing Less’, Anna Kustera, New York, US

Born To Run’, Terminal Crociere, Bari, Italy

2008

Cult of Denim’ Selfridges, London, UK

Pop Disciple’ AUS18 Gallery, Milan, Italy

2007

Fake Plastic Love part I’ Truman Brewery, London, UK

Fake Plastic Love part II’ Martin Summers Fine Art, London, UK

2006

Epiphany’ Martin Summers Fine Art, London, UK

2005

Post Pop Paradise’ SKIT, London, UK

2002

Stolen Language’ The Art of Nancyboy A&D Gallery, London, UK

2000

Nancyboy Paintings’ Pause, London, UK

Nancyboy Paintings’ BLU, Bournemouth, UK

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Art for the Barbican, The Barbican Centre, London, UK

Face Value 2, Jealous Gallery, London, UK

2017

Love Arts Festival, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

Sick! Festival, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

2016

Skateboarts, Forum Kunst, Rotweil, Germany

An Infinitely beautiful Mind, The Knapp Gallery, London, UK

Gallery Artists, Fabien Castanier Pop-UP, Miami, US

Assemblage, Stolen Space, London, UK

Friends & Family, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, US

2015

Ghosts: How We Live in the Future, Fine Art Society Contemporary, London,UK

2014

The Macmillan De’Longhi Arts Programme, Pallant House, UK

Bad Boy, New Arts Projects, London, UK

Night At The Museum, Moscow, Russia

First Fortnight, Dublin, Ireland

2013

Articulate, Victoria Miro, London, UK

The Cloud, De Meerse, Hoofddorp, Netherlands

2012

Jahresringe, Schloss Wiesen, Germany

„ein weißes Feld“ sammlung FIEDE Collection, Germany

AKA Peace, ICA, London, UK

Echoes, Fine Art Society Contemporary, London. UK

2011

Polemically Small, Charlie Smith, London, UK

Mindful, Old Vic Tunnels, London, UK

Re:Define, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, UK

Art HK11, Hong Kong, CN

Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, California, US

MOMAC, Gloustershire, Roberta Moore Contemporary, UK

Desire, Portman Gallery, London, UK

2010

The Metal Ball, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, US

Art HK10, Hong Kong, CN

Kate Brandt Pink, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, US

Nobody gets to see the Wizard. Not No One Not No How, Anna Kustera, NYC, US

2009

Scope Art Fair, Miami, US

Gold Rush, Roberta Moore Contemporary, London, UK

Pavilion of Art & Design, London, UK

Art HK09, Hong Kong, UK

2008

Ruby Green Foundation, Nashville, US

Signal 8, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, CN

Art Kessaris, Mykonos, Greece

Next Art Fair, Chicago, US

Art HK08, Hong Kong, CN

Romance, Kowalsky Gallery, London, UK

Bergamo Arte Fiera, Bergamo, Italy

Urbanity on Paper, Anna Kustera Gallery, NYC, US

2007

Do You Nomi, AUS18 Gallery, Milan Italy

Art Miami, Miami, US

Multiples 1, Architecture + Design Museum, Los Angeles, US

2006

I’ll Be Your Mirror, Primo Alonso Gallery, London, UK

Xiclet Gallery, Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil

I’ll Be Your Mirror, Independents Biennial, Liverpool, UK

Irresistible Paint, A&D Gallery, London, UK

2005

Art of Love 2005, Oxo Gallery, London, UK

2004

International ArtExpo, Mexico

2003

Pop Culture’ Beatrice Royal, Hampshire, UK

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018

“BE HAPPY, Experience the unifying art of Stuart Semple”, Lee Sharrock, STATE, issue 27, 2018

“Hostile Takeover – Who is welcome in our public spaces”, Big Issue, Liam Geraghty, Feb 2018

“A Q&A with Stuart Semple”, Jack Hutchinson, A-N, February 2018

“Stuart Semple launches campaign to eradicate hostile Design”, Anny Shaw, Art Newspaper, 31 Jan, 2018

Interview with Stuart Semple, Bislacci, Assemblage Magazine, Jan 2018

2017

“Art Wars! Who owns the new colour black”, Stuart McGurk, British GQ, August, 2017

“Art Fight”, Adam Rogers, Wired, 22 June 2018

“Fundido A Negro”, Stuart Semple, Vogue Espana,  June 2017

2016

“The Art of Infertility”, Matilda Battersby, The Independent, 26 August 2016

“Stuart Semple Is Not Afraid To Be Bold”, Melissa Mellati, Flaunt Magazine, August 2016

“The Art Of The Deal”, Suzanne Charle, Gotham, Summer 2016

“Stuart Semple, My Sonic Youth – Review”, Shana Nys Dambrot. Jan/Feb 2016

“Annish Kapoor is Banned From Buying The World’s Pinkest Paint”, Kevin Holmes, Vice, 10 November 2016

2015

“Your Laptop Is A Masterpiece”, Dale Eisinger, The Daily Beast, 2 November 2015

“The Interview: Stuart Semple”, Karim Khan, Hunger, 12 October 2015

“Want To Buy Some Digital Art? Just Head To eBay” Thomas Gorton, Dazed & Confused, March 2015

“Stuart Semple, Anxiety Generation – Review”, Jonathan R Jones, Modern Painters, February 2015

2014

“What on earth would Leo Castelli have thought?”, Gareth Harris and Anny Shaw, The Art Newpaper, 03 December 2014

“Voice Of An Anxiety Generation”, Danielle Richardson, Shortlist, Issue 351, 27th November 2014

“Where to buy…”, Digby Warde-Aldam, The Week, 22 November 2014 / Issue 998

“The Cultural Provocateur” Alex Christian & Louise Donovan Shortlist The Brit List Issue Issue 350 / 20th November 2014

Stuart Semple’s private view’ Tatler, 18th November 2014

Pop Goes the Paining’ Cristina Ruiz, Vanity Fair : On Art, November 2014

Semple’s Mind’ Lorna Davies, Mayfair Times The Art Issue, October 2014

Cloudy with a chance of artistic smiley faces’, Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, 6th January 2014

2013

Personal style: Stuart Semple As told to David Hayes’, Financial Times, 19th October 2013

Stuart Semple’ Jacopo Nuvolari, 1883, Issue 9 Summer 2013

The Interview: Stuart Semple’ Karim Khan, Hunger, 28th February 2013

Sometimes Ideas Don’t Need Huge Platforms To Work’ Theodora Barker, IDOL, S/S Issue 2013

2012

draw with words, paint with frames, be a poet of art’, Veronica Renato, Muse Magazine

Art of Darkness’, Paul Croughton, The Sunday Times Magazine

Stuart Semple’ Ysabelle Cheung, Time Out

Stuart Semple on how it’s Hard to be a Saint in this City,’ Mary Agnew, ARTINFO China

Stuart Semple’, Leanne Mirandilla, HK Magazine

2011

Write On!’ Stephanie Hirschmiller, HarpersBazar.com

Future Girl’ Roxane Mesquida x Stuart Semple, Filler

2010

Lady Gaga x Stuart Semple : Pop Hybrid’, WestEast Magazine

Semple collection inspired by mental Britain’, BBC News, Jane Witherspoon

I’m Afraid To Swallow’, The Evening Standard, Liz Hoggard

Stuart Semple, Morton Metropolis’, The Arts Desk, Josh Spero

Popular Culture and the Aesthetic Discourse’, Aesthetica, Cherie Federico

Commenti al moto contemporaneo’, Italian Vogue, Leonardo Clausi

Semple Pleasures’, Live City & Islington, Mark Kebble

Stuart Semple’ The New Order, Yasmin Bryce

Pop Matters’ Filler, Jennifer Lee

2009

The New Face of Brit Art’ Kee Magazine, Rachel Duffell

Semple Pleasures’ Esquire

London Calling’ Prim, Kristin Ferrandino

An Exhibition on the Implosion of Popular Culture’ Aesthetica, Cherie Federico

Painting Through A Complex Lens’ L’UOMO Vogue, Alan Prada

Storm Clouds Give Way to Smileys over London’ The Times, Kaya Burges

Oltre Il Pop’ Urban, Giovanni Cervi

Playing With Art and it’s Symbols’ L’UOMO Vogue, Alan Prada

2008

Stuart Semple: Keeping the Brit Art Flag Flying ’ Palladium, Catherine Wheatley

Duck Toy’ La Repubblica, Alessandro Retico

20 Best up-and-coming Artists’ Independent, Alice Jones

Does my art look big in this?’ The Independent on Sunday, Rachel Shields

Stuart Semple and the Limitless Language of Art’ Zoot, Andrea Probosch

Stuart Semple’ Blag, Sarah J. Edwards

Pop Art & Mass Culture’ Aesthetica, Niamh Coghlanr

Stuart Semple’ Exhibart, Marta Silvi

Giovane Inglese, Pittore New Wave’ Arte, Cristina Campanini

Golden Pop’ Elle Italia, Pia Capelli

Paint It Bleak’ ARTnews, Eric Bryant

2007

Stuart Semple’ Zoot, Matt Hussey

Stuart Semple; 80s influences & popular youth culture’ Aesthetica, Shona Fairweather

Neopop’ Arte, Pia Capelli

Io Che Mixo Gli Ottanta’ D Magazine, Le Repubblica, Leonora Sartori

Fake Plastic Love’ Financial Times, Peter Aspden

Stuart Semple’ Art of England, Pam Bates

The Black Market’ Saachi Online, Doug McClemont

East End Boy’ Attitude, Caroline Smith

Generation Now’ WGSN.com, Milly Glaister

Semple Things’ Angel Magazine, Mark Kebble

2006

Let The Show Begin’ Tatler, Clare Milford Haven

Bright Young Thing’ Harpers Bazaar, Francesca Martin

2005

Burn Paradiso Burn’ Pig, Giovanni Cervi

2004

New Art Rises’ Sunday Telegraph, Charlotte Edwardes

RIP YBA’ The Art Newspaper, Louisa Buck

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS & COLLABORATIONS

2018

Stuart Semple x L’Oreal Pro – worldwide product collaboration

2016

Bulgari, ‘Jewels not Flowers’, Paris

Design Hotels ‘Exchange’ at PM/AM Gallery, London

Diamonds Unleashed x Norma Kamali, Mandarin Oriental Miami

Something Amazing with Fertility partnership, London, Glasgow, Southampton, Nottingham, Chelmsford & Oxford

2015

The Childrenʼs Monologues, directed by Danny Boyle, Royal Court Theatre for Dramatic Need

The Artist is in Residence, Bulgari Hotel London

2014

Ghost Stories, Rolls Royce & Breast Cancer Care

Happy Clouds, Geelong After Dark, Australia

2014

La Donna è Mobile? Creative symposium in association with Castor srl, Lubiam & Pasotti Ombrelli

HappyClouds, First Fortnight, Dublin

2013

Westfield + Save The Children, London

JUMP, Federation Square, Melbourne

First Fortnight, Amnesty, Dublin

2012

EXIT, iTunes Art LP

Moncler Miami & LA

2011

Art for Amnesty, (WOZA + Write for Rights), BOXPARK, London

Moncler Austria,Tokyo, New York

Semple x Pizza Express x International Finance Centre, Hong Kong

2010

FORM’ Ambassadors of Design, Hong Kong

2009

Happy Cloud’ performance, Piazza della Scala, Milan

Happy Cloud’ performance, Tate Modern Bankside, London

2008

TOY’ Stuart Semple + Moncler, Art Basel- Miami, Aspen, St. Moritz, Milan

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2013

I’ll Be Your Mirror, Eb & Flow Gallery, London, UK

2011

Mindful, Old Vic Tunnels, London, UK

2010

This Is England’, Galleria Uno+Uno, Milan, Italy

Uber Collision: Epic Fail’, Idea Generation Gallery, London (curated by Stuart Semple & Harry Malt) UK

Bazooka- Kiki & Loulou Picasso’ Aubin Gallery, London, UK

This Is England’, Aubin Gallery, London, UK

2009

London Loves the way things fall apart’, Galleria Aus18, Milan (curated by Stuart Semple & Cecilia Antolini) Italy

2008

Mash-Ups – post pop fragments and detournements’ Kowalsky Gallery, London, UK

2007

The Black Market’ Anna Kustera Gallery, NYC (curated by Stuart Semple & Ju$t Another Rich Kid), US

2001

Non Compos Mentis’ Adlib Gallery, Wakefield, UK

 

COLLABORATIONS

2018

L’Oreal Professional

2015

Bugari | Design Hotels

2015

Placebo | Bulgari | Rolls Royce

2014

Top Sante | Castor srl, Lubiam & Pasotti Ombrelli

2013

My Beautiful City | Westfield

2012

Aubin & Wills | BT & Harvey Nichols | Gary Numan | Blag

2011

Smeg | Aubin & Wills | Amnesty International

2010

The Futureheads | West East Magazine | Lady Gaga

2009

Moncler | The Prodigy |  Muse | Umbro

2008

Selfridges | Levis | Diesel | 7 for all Mankind | Evisu | Subliminal Girls |

2007

NoiWear | Stimuli Magazine (with Ju$t Another Rich Kid)

2005

Ju$t Another Rich Kid

 

CATALOGUES

2015

ʻMy Sonic Youthʼ, Fabien Castanier

2014

Anxiety Generation’ Publisher: The Antithesis

Think Pink’ Publisher: The Antithesis

2013

Suspend Disbelief’ Publisher: The Antithesis

2012

Jahresringe Schloss Wiesen’, Friedrich Gräfling

2012 – 2014

Macmillan De’Longhi Arts Auction

It’s Hard to be a Saint in this City’, The Space

2011

Mindful, Old Vic Tunnels

Re:Define, Goss-Michael Foundation

2010

The Happy House’, Morton Metropolis

2009

Born To Run’, Bari Terminal Crociere

2008

Pop Disciple’, Aus18 Gallery, VanillaEdizioni

2007

Bergamo Arte Fiera’, VanillaEdizioni

Fake Plastic Love’, Martin Summers Fine Art

2006

Epiphany’, Martin Summers Fine Art

 

PUBLICATIONS

2015

My Happy Colouring Flip Book by Stuart Semple, Bigger Ltd, UK

2014

This Is Our Time, Cat Garcia, UK

2012

Pop Psychedelic, BigBros Workshop, Last Gasp

2011

Psychonauts, Sailors Of The Psyche’, Beautiful/Decay Book, USA

The Joyce Handbook, first edition, HK

2009

Creative Space: Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators’, Francesca Gavin, Lawrence King, UK

2007

Playground 1, Zach Gold & Julie Ragolia, NYC

2006

300% Cotton, Lawrence King Publishing, UK

 

OTHER

2014

Presenter, BBC Bitesize

Dorset Community Foundation Ambassador

DACS Ambassador

2011 –

Mind Ambassador

Presenter, BBC Bitesize

Art Editor, Phoenix Magazine, guest art editor, Who’s Jack

2010

Director, The Aubin Gallery

Art director, Officers

2009

Presenter, JackTV

CoolBrands, Expert council member

2007

Columnist for Art of England magazine

2006 –

Member of DACS creators council (Design and Artists Copyright Society)

2003-04

Editor and art director of Still Magazine (online journal for contemporary arts & culture)

 

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Dorset in 1980, Stuart Semple became an artist after a traumatic near death experience at the age of 19 whilst studying Fine Art at Breton Hall in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Since 2000 Semple has enjoyed a successful artistic career in which he been the subject of 15 international solo exhibitions. He has featured in over 40 group shows and major public art projects.

In Stuart Semple’s works, the emotional and spiritual impact of mass culture on the individual are re-imagined with a playful, exuberant and sociological language.

Semple’s hybrid compositions often comprise of disparate appropriated and found elements which he weaves into alluring surfaces that encapsulate a deep critical analysis of contemporary culture. His world is one of low-culture internet trash, 90s nickelodeon colour palettes. indie music, obscure music videos and cultural theory straight out of the 60s Frankfurt school.

Stuart Semple is a keen innovator, who’s creativity often expands beyond the canvas in the form of the creation of his own art materials, internet art and public works. 

Semple’s work has been the subject of a number of major international solo exhibitions which include, ‘Fake Plastic Love’, Truman Brewery, London (2007). ‘Pop Disciple’, Aus18, Milan (2008), ‘Everlasting Nothing Less’, Anna Kustera, New York (2009), ‘The Happy  House’, Morton Metropolis, London (2010), ‘It’s Hard To Be A Saint In This City’, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong (2012), ‘Suspend Disbelief’, The Heritage Rooms, London (2013), ‘Anxiety Generation’, Delahunty, London (2014) and ‘My Sonic Youth’, Fabien Castanier, Los Angeles (2015).

Semple came to initial public attention in 2009 through his public art project ‘HappyCloud’ in which he released thousands of smiley faced clouds made from soap and helium from Tate Modern towards the city of London. A public art project that has since been repeated in Milan during Salone De Mobile, Moscow & Dublin. Other public artworks have included ‘Jump’ for the City of Melbourne in which he installed a giant inflatable bouncy sculpture in Federation Square and  ‘My Happy Place’ for Coventry Center for Contemporary Art. In 2018 he colaborated with various institutions in the city of Denver to create ‘Happy City’ a 6 week interdiciplinary public art intervention of large scale sculptures, happenings, exhibitions and interactive works. 

In 2016 Semple achieved worldwide noteriaty after his release of the world’s pinkest pink pigment online and the subsequent exclusion of artist Anish Kapoor from using it. The ensuing ‘Art War’ between the two artists over colour became a conceptual performance piece about acceibility, eletism and community. His colour creations can now be found in the permenent collection of the Harvard Art Museum pigment library. 

Semple regularly participates in curated group shows, fairs, biennials and charity projects, through which his works have been exhibited at  ICA,  The Goss-Michael Foundation, Sotheby’s, Sammlung Fide, The Fine Art Society, Torrance Art Museum, Pallant House,  and the Museum of Art and Design, NYC.

As a keen collaborator he has worked on several artistic projects outside his usual practice with partners including Moncler, Bulgari, Selfridges, Placebo, The Prodigy and Umbro.

His works have been featured across the media in Modern painters, The Guardian, Time Out, Independent, Observer, Vanity Fair, BBC news, i-D, Blue Peter, Vice, Esquire, Italian Vogue, Elle, Dazed & Confused, Evening Standard, GQ, Wired, The Sunday Times, new Scientist, The Week  and several other publications.

Semple regularly speaks on his art, mental health and artists’ rights and has appeared at the ICA, Frieze London, The Royal Drawing School, Jerwood Space, Oxford University, Royal College of Art, Central St. Martins, Denver Art Museum and Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Stuart has also written for The Guardian,  Spanish Vogue, Huffington Post, Phoenix Magazine, Who’s Jack and held a regular column in Art of England for several years. He has also presented  the BBC’s  Art & Design learning series ‘Bitesize’.

In 2011 Stuart Semple became an ambassador for Mind, the mental health charity where he initiated a creative therapies fund. He curated a fundraising exhibition at the Old Vic Tunnels featuring works by Tracey Emin, Matt Collishaw, Sarah Lucas and the Chapman Brothers amongst others, the exhibition launch was co-hosted by Stephen Fry and Lord Melvyn Bragg. The fund now supports creative therapies thought England and Wales. In 2015 he went on to to produce the Amazon bestselling book ‘My Happy Colouring Flip Book’ to further support the fund.

 

Stuart Semple now lives and works in Dorset, England.