Simon Degroot engages images from visual culture to reimagine 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, 2017, now a lecturer there in Fine Art. Recent institutional exhibitions include Constructive, Caboolture Regional Gallery, Queensland, 2020, Micro Histories, Museum of Brisbane, 2019 and Cut Together, Bundaberg Regional Gallery, 2018. A major focus of Degroot’s practice has been large-scale site specific installation commissions. Significant public commissions include Marginalia Wrapped, Toowong Overpass commission, City of Brisbane; Griffith Innovation Centre, Griffith University, Gold Coast; Recreation Gestures, Camperdown Commons, Inner West Council, Sydney; Bundaberg Regional Gallery, University of Southern Queensland; Red, Blue, Pink, Green, Flat Lay, William Jolly Bridge, Brisbane City Council; Rediscover, Remember, Collect, Collins Street Centre, City of South Perth; IAM Projects, Sunshine Coast University Hospital; Changing Lanes, Cairns Regional Council; Hilton, Brisbane; Sheaf, Albert St, Brisbane; The Pillars Project, G20 Cultural Celebration, Brisbane; Building, Pattern, Form, The Barracks, Brisbane, Flow Through, Queensland Rail, Brisbane and Nambour Subway Mural, Sunshine Coast.