Simon Periton


Simon Periton's body of work consists heavily of decorative cut out forms, often referred to as doilies, which are not typical of the fussy domesticity of Victorian Britain that we associate them with. The themes of his doilies deal with issues that range from nature, politics, popular culture, colonialism, punk and the supernatural. The reassuring daintiness of the medium is merely a cover for serious social critique.


Since 2006, Periton has also made a series of reverse glass paintings, often re-using some of the cut-out stencils from his earlier work.


Recent exhibitions of his include: The Gild the Lily Files/ The ASBO Mystery Play and other public works (with Alan Kane), Sadie Coles HQ, London; Spirits of Salt, Sadie Coles HQ, London; A Rabble of Butterflies, Galerist, Istanbul. Periton has also just completed a major public art commission Bombyx Mori for firstsite, Colchester. He is currently working on an exhibition at The Modern Institute, Glasgow in 2013


Simon Periton is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London, and The Modern Institute, Glasgow.


The Gild of the Lily Files/The Asbo Mystery Play and other public works (with Alan Kane), Sadie Coles HQ, London


Spirits of Salt, Sadie Coles HQ, London


The Rabble of Butterflies, Galerist, Istanbul


Back to Nature, Sadie Coles HQ, London

Sordid Sentimental, Vacio 9, Madrid

The Modern Institute, Glasgow

The Anti Room of the Mae Queen, V & A, London


Simon Periton, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK 

The Penis is Mightier than the Sword, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles


Edge of the World, Sadie Coles, London

Ragamuffin, Vacio 9, Madrid

Street, Changing Role Gallery, Naples


Flag, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds


For a more extensive list click here for Sadie Coles HQ

Interview coming soon.

Jessica Lack- Jessica Lack on Simon Periton, The Guardian, (11th March 2009)


Simon Periton, Channel 4


Simon Periton, British Council



Periton says of the work- “is a re-working of an earlier cut paper piece, developed out of my  fascination with alchemy and transformative chemical processes. It might be a mask or possibly a tool to delve deeper beneath the surface. It has been water cut in brass and double dipped in gold. Much of my work has been concerned with ideas of the decorative with a focus on the subversive potential this can open up. Decoration and the decorative surface have always been fertile ground for me, allowing a degree of creative manoeuvring that can be both playful and thoughtful. Penetrate and slip beneath this surface, and there is often a rich murky underworld to be explored”
Born in the UK in 1964, Periton attended St Martin’s School of Art, London and since then has exhibited extensively as well as working on a number of public commissions - Currently a Crossrail commission, for Farrington Station, London. Solo Exhibitions, have included Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, New Art Centre in Salisbury and Sadie Coles HQ, London. 

'Stiletto' 2014 Simon Periton - Gold Digger

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