Simon Degroot is a visual artist and Fine Art Lecturer at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. His work uses strategies of formal disassembly and reassembly, abstraction and fragmentation in the creation of new paintings. His research considers the role of translation in creative practice and how painting can interrogate and form a dialogue with pre-existing images.
Some of his recent solo exhibitions include Familiar Beyond Recognition at Spiro Grace Art Rooms Brisbane (2017), Picture Building at Kick Arts Contemporary Cairns (2016), and Composite Orders at Rubicon Ari Melbourne (2016). He has also been curated into several group shows including Our Kind of Playground at Artisan Brisbane (2017), 15 Artists at Redcliffe Art Gallery (2016), and At This Time at This Is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery Melbourne (2015). In 2014 he received a Griffith University Post-Graduate Research Scholarship and in 2015 was awarded the Moreton Bay Region Art Award.
Degroot is known for his art in public places including various large-scale abstract murals. His recent murals include: Nambour Subway Mural Sunshine Coast (2017), Nundah Station Brisbane (2015), Changing Lanes Mural Cairns (2015), The G20 Pillars Project Southbank (2014), and After Image Brisbane Hilton (2014). His mural practice involves engaging with specific image forms and histories in order to reimagine these forms in a contemporary context. Degroot teaches large-scale mural painting in the newly formed Griffith University Fine Art Elective ‘The Street’.
His work is represented by Spiro Grace Art Rooms Brisbane, and This Is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery Melbourne.