Simon Stone was born in 1952 in Lady Grey, South Africa. Stone currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. 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. 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.Read More
Recently Stone inspired a documentary, titled Imagining Stone, featuring his work and life, produced by ArtMeetsTV. Stone's work was included in the Ampersand Foundation Award 21 years celebration exhibition curated by Gordon Froud at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as SMAC Gallery's group presentation at FNB Art Joburg at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2019. Stone presented Cogs of Mercy, a solo exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town. Most recent group shows include Suitcase Show, a collaborative group exhibition with Galleria Massimo Minini at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2019; FNB Joburg Art Fair; Wish You Were Here at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair all in 2018. Stone's works will be included in SMAC Gallery's group presentation at Artissima at the OVAL, Lingotto Fiere in Turin Italy later this year.
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.
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 exhibition 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'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 Johannesburg, 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.
Text courtesy SMAC Gallery.