Simeon Barclay

b. 1975, Huddersfield
Lives and works in Leeds

<i>Annabel and Phoebe</i> 2017
Annabel and Phoebe 2017

Simeon Barclay is interested in how we construct and perform our identity. Drawing on advertisements, magazines, television and music, he combines images of culturally significant moments with his personal memories to understand how we define and situate ourselves within society.

Barclay uses references from popular culture from his time growing up in the north of England to explore masculine and feminine roles and society expectations. Images of footballers, actresses and objects illustrate how we perform gender. Barclay has previously referred to music, television and advertising to highlight specific cultural moments of personal significance, and to consider how our own personal identities might be defined and shaped within society.

Exhibitions include: Knock Knock, South London Gallery, London (2018); Its Not There Till Itís There, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna (2018); Hero Wears Clay Shoes, Tate Britain (2017); We Are Where We Are, BALTIC 39, Gateshead (2018); Repeat (Figures and Infrastructures), SixtyEight Art Institute, Denmark (2018). He is the recipient of the Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist Award and commences an Artist Residency at Girton College, Cambridge (2018).

The artist was in the following exhibition:

Links :
  • <i>Royal Flush</i>, 2017
  • <i>An Arrangement on Blue (swamp rat skank)</i>, 2015
  • <i>Annabel and Phoebe</i> 2017