b. 1952, Lady Grey, South Africa.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
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. 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.
In 2020, Stone’s work was included in A Show of Solidarity, a group exhibition in support of the South African Solidarity Fund during an enforced national Covid lockdown, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, as well as the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. Further selected group exhibitions include: The Ampersand Foundation Award 21 years celebration exhibition at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in Johannesburg, as well as Suitcase Show, a collaborative group exhibition with Galleria Massimo Minini at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, both in 2019; Back to the Future: Abstract Work in South Africa Past and Present I and II at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch in 2013 and 2015; Paperwork: an exhibition of Contemporary South African works on paper in Stellenbosch in 2014; PAINT I: Contemporary South African painting 2002 – 2012 at SMAC in Stellenbosch in 2013.
Notably in 2013, SMAC Gallery presented a major museum retrospective of Stone’s paintings at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg, and produced a seminal publication on the artist and his works - Simon Stone: Collected Works. Additional solo exhibitions include: Cogs of Mercy at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, accompanied by a new publication, titled Simon Stone: Sketchbooks 1 – 100, in 2018; New Paintings at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg in 2016; Both Sides of Now at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch at the end of 2014.
Stone’s work has been included in SMAC Gallery’s art fair presentations at Artissima in Turin, Italy; Miart in Milan, Italy; the Investec Cape Town Art Fair in Cape Town and FNB Art Joburg in Johannesburg.