Ingrid Simons – Nightfall, chasing the ominous light
Ingrid Simons / Visual artist /The Netherlands
Ingrid Simons is a multi diciplinairy visual artist working in abstracted oilpainting, graphic art, ceramic and performances. “Reoccurring themes in my work are the exploration of the borderland between figuration and abstraction, the nihility of man, and attempts to capture the grandeur and omnipotence of three-dimensions nature in two dimensions. The protagonist in most of my paintings is the immense, unpolished and unscalable natural landscape. My paintings also explore the theme of connection between man and nature, which has, to a large extend, been lost.
For me, the process of painting is a highly physical experience, a balancing act between sculpting with oilpaint and dissolving layers of paint – between assembling and dismantling emerging structures. In my work, the patterns that emerge result from this dissolution.
In 2005 and 2008 she was shortlisted for the Royal Award for Modern Painting and these works were shown at Museum GEM in The Hague (The Netherlands), in 2016 she was granted the Stipendium for Established Artists (Mondriaan Fonds, The Netherlands) and in 2019 she was nominated for the Berlin Prize by the ISPP International Studio & Presentation Program of Livingstone Gallery. In 2020 she was nominated for the International Senefelder Award (Germany).
Works of Simons were presented in public museums, biennials, galleries and art fairs in a.o. The Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Italy, U.S.A, Russia and Japan. In 2020-21 Simons was awarded the Brill Fellowship as independent researcher by the Scaliger Institute of Leiden University. In spring 2023 Simons presented her eight solo exhibition in Portugal in 2023 at Museu Nacional Frei Manuel do Cenáculo, Évora (Portugal).
In August 2023 she will be presenting the solo exhibition “Nightfall, chasing the omnious light” at KH Messen, Norway.