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 was awarded his PhD from Griffith University in 2018. He has been awarded the Moreton Bay Art Award twice, in 2018 and 2015. Recent institutional exhibitions include Micro Histories, Museum of Brisbane, 2019 and Cut Together, Bundaberg Regional Gallery, 2018. Degroot’s large scale mural commissions include Rediscover, Remember, Collect, Collins St Centre, Perth; Building, Pattern, Form, The The Barracks and Queensland Rail, Brisbane; William Jolly Bridge Artwork Projection, Brisbane; Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Queensland.