Simon Degroot engages specific images from visual culture in order to reimagine these forms in abstract painting. He uses strategies of disassembly and reassembly to explore how abstract shapes from art history and the built environment can be translated into painting considering how abstraction can be used to build and compose new work while simultaneously acknowledging existing and past structures.
Degroot studied Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art and in 2017 was awarded his PhD thesis titled, Familiar Beyond Recognition: Translation in Contemporary Abstraction. He maintains an active studio practice and has been curated into group and solo exhibitions including Picture Building at Kick Arts Contemporary, Cairns (2016) and Feeling for Place at Caboolture Regional Gallery (2015). In 2015 he was awarded the Moreton Bay Art Award.
In addition to his studio practice Degroot has completed mural commissions for a range of high profile clients including The City of South Perth, Bundaberg Regional Galleries, Queensland Rail, Cairns Regional Council, Brisbane City Council and The Brisbane Hilton. These projects compliment his studio investigations and provide opportunities for expanded painting.