Simon Ling
British, born 1968
Collected by a major museum
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2014
Greengrassi at Art Basel 2014,
Greengrassi
2013
Greengrassi at Frieze London,
Greengrassi

Painting en plein air and from memory, Simon Ling creates still lifes and landscapes with unexpected, jarringly unsavory elements: the stumps of felled trees, mounds of junk food on a dining table, and rooms full of plastic clutter. Ling’s highly realistic, large-scale works depict the detritus of human lives that occasionally infringes on otherwise wholesome pastoral scenes. Often, Ling’s imposition of a ruinous element is subtle, as in Gravity’s Garden (2003), in which a weed-covered slope is bordered by chicken wire. Elsewhere, the destructive human hand is made more explicit, such as the filled grocery bag hanging from a tree branch in a meadow in Untitled (2006). For a 2003 collection, Ling created one oil painting and a series of black marker drawings on the torn out pages of a small date book.

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