Simon Bill

Simon Bill is an artist and writer, educated at Central St. Martins and the Royal College of Art. He has exhibited widely and has been represented by Cabinet Gallery (London), Stuart Shave/Modern Art (London), and Patrick Painter (Los Angeles). In 2014 his first major museum show, titled ‘Lucky Jim’, was at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. In 2011 his novel BRAINS, an account of the misadventures of a dissolute painter as artist in residence at a private neurology clinic and research facility, was published by the ‘art writing’ imprint MUTE. In 2016 a much-revised version of the novel was published by Sort of Books under the title Artist in Residence. The book came to the attention of the director of the Gulbenkian Science Institute, Lisbon, and as a result Bill became a fellow of the IGC and was artist in residence there for nine months, 2016-17. Bill is a regular contributor to TURPS magazine – articles have included an assessment of the meaning of the term ‘abstract’ in the light of current cognitive psychology, and a piece looking at ‘research culture’ in art schools, a phenomenon the author sees as the means by which art school staff have been tricked in to implementing a neo-liberal agenda. The forthcoming issue will feature a dialogue with painter Phil King, an appreciation of the show of Antonin Artaud’s notebooks at Cabinet Gallery in 2019. In July 2020 the TV and film rights for Artist in Residence were acquired by production company Corestar Media.