Simon Stone

b. 1952, Lady Grey
Lives and works in Cape Town

Simon Stone has been hailed as one of South Africa’s finest painters. Working predominantly in oils, he can be described as a lyrical and narrative Neo-Expressionist. Austere and delicate, his paintings revel in an exploration of colour, form and composition. Stone’s paintings are unashamedly traditional – with a twist. They possess an aura of alterity and anonymity, whilst appearing routinely familiar. He creates a semi-Surrealist, alternative world around habitually solitary figures; beautifully painted and layered with complex meaning, recurring motifs, personal metaphysics and a strange sense of the mundane. Stone’s paintings have been described as “seductive” and “enticing”.


Having graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1976, Stone later continued his education in Italy. Since 1978, he has exhibited widely, both locally and abroad. Considered the “poet” of inner city Johannesburg, Stone was an important influence on, and part of a generation of, painters during the halcyon era of South African art during the eighties and nineties.

Most recently, Stone presented Cogs of Mercy, a solo exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town. Prior to this, Stone’s solo exhibitions at SMAC Gallery include: New Paintings in Johannesburg, 2016; Both Sides of Now in Stellenbosch at the end of 2014; and Thrown Together: Works from 2011 in Cape Town, 2011.

SMAC Gallery presented a major retrospective exhibition of highly acclaimed South African painter Simon Stone at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg in 2013, and produced a seminal publication on the artist and his works. Simon Stone: Collected Works was written by Lloyd Pollak.

Stone’s most recent group show with the gallery include: the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2018; the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2018; X : Part III, which ran from the 9 December 2017 until the 3 February 2018; and X : Part I in 2017.

Previous group exhibitions with SMAC Gallery include: the FNB Joburg Art Fair in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; the Investec Cape Town Art Fair in 2014 and 2015; Upstart/Startup in 2016; Back to the Future II in 2015; Viewing Room #01 Typography in 2014; Paperwork: an xxhibition of Contemporary South African works on paper in 2014; miart in 2014; The Xmas Show in 2014; Back to the Future: Abstract Work in South Africa Past and Present in 2013; PAINT I: Contemporary South African painting 2002 – 2012 in 2013; COLLECTION 17: Modern and Contemporary South African Art 1952 – 2012 in 2012; and Divisions: Aspects of South African Art 1948 – 2010 in 2010.

Stone was the recipient of the New York City Award at the Ampersand Foundation in New York, USA in 1997. Prior to this, Stone was awarded a Lifetime Merit Award from the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1993.

Stone’s work has been acquired for the Smithsonian National Museum for African Art Collection, Washington DC, USA. Other notable collections include: Alexander Forbes in Cape Town, South Africa; Anglo American Collection in Johanneburg, South Africa and London, UK; Gencor Industries Collection in Orlando, USA; Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa; Pendock Wine Gallery Collection in Cape Town, South Africa; South African Broadcasting Agency (SABC) in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; Sanlam Art Collection in Cape Town, South Africa; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; the University of South Africa (UNISA) Art Collection, in Pretoria, South Africa; the University of The Witwatersrand (WITS) Art Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa; and the Mobil Oil collection in Irving, USA.




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