5 May - 29 May, 2010

simon perry

Having spent a large part of his career producing public sculpture, Multi award winning sculptor Simon Perry ventures back into the gallery for his first solo exhibition in several years.

Best known for his public sculptures such as Public Purse (Bourke Street Mall), Threaded Field (Docklands), Rolling Path (Merri Creek), Duck and Dive (Newport Lakes), Monument to Free Speech (Brunswick), Perry has also maintained a studio practice with works of a more domestic scale.

For this exhibition, Perry extends his interest in the representation of natural forms and the organic in sculpture and delves into ideas relating to the exploration of psychological landscapes. Simultaneously dark and playful these beautifully crafted works are reminiscent of dense truncated forests, subterranean interiors and geological artifacts, extracted and brought back from strangely familiar but alien worlds. 

Originally from the U.K. Simon Perry  trained as a sculptor and received a Bachelor of Arts with honours from Chelsea School of Art, and a Master of Arts from the Royal Academy School (U.K.), where he won the Royal Academy Gold Medal for Sculpture.   In 1987 he was awarded the highly prestigious Prix de Roma. 

Perry has exhibited widely in the UK and Australia.  Apart from his many public art commissions, he has been involved in recent group exhibitions including: The Melbourne Prize for Urban Art (Federation Square, 2005), The Unquiet World (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2006) and HEAT (RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, 2008).  He currently lectures in sculpture at RMIT University’s School of Art. 

Exhibition Images


Exhibition Images

Exhibition Notes




Explorers 2. Painted steel, 300(h)x400x1200mm.

Explorers 1. Painted steel, 700(h)x1200x500mm

Submarine Psycho Nursery (detail) Submarine Psycho Nursery (detail)

The Observatory 1. painted steel, 350(h)x700x700

Submarine Psycho Nursery. Lasercut aluminium, bronze, stainless steel, 3x3x3m.  

Installation view.

Installation view.

Installation view.

Installation view.


Installation view.

Explorers maquette 1. Cast Aluminium, 200x100x120mm.


Inside Out . Bronze, 100x200diam .

Observatory maquette. Bronze, 270(h)x120mm diam.

Purse. Bronze, 100(h)x200x180mm.

Colony Pod. Bronze, 180(h)x180x230mm.



Duck and Dive. Bronze, 200(h)x160x150mm.