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사이먼 몰리 | Simon Morley

1958년 영국 이스트본 출생으로 작가 겸 미술사가이다. 옥스퍼드대에서 근대사를 전공하고 골드스미스대에서 순수미술 석사학위, 사우스햄튼에서 자신의 작업과 관련하여 동아시아 철학과 미학에 관하여 박사학위를 받았다. 2001년부터 <Messagerie; Exposition>프랑스 디종미술관(2009) 등 유럽 및 한국과 일본 등 세계여러나라에서 20여 회의 개인전을 열었고 <A Picture of Britain>테이트 브리튼(2005), <유니버설스튜디오>서울시립미술관(2014) 등 다수의 중요한 단체전에 참여했다. 저서로는 Writing on the Wall(2013), L’Art Les Mots, Sublime(2010) 등이 있다. 현재 단국대 예술학과 교수로 재직 중이다.

Simon Morley is also a writer. He is the author of Writing on the Wall: Word and Image in Modern Art (2001), Seven Keys to Modern Art (2019, also translated into Korean), and The Simple Truth: The Monochrome in Modern Art (2020). He is the editor of The Sublime: Documents in Contemporary Art (2010), and co-editor of a Special Issue of the Journal of Contemporary Painting, ‘Dialogues in Painting and Gesture-East and West’ in 2021. His essay on Chung Sang Hwa was published in the catalog of the 2021 exhibition at the MMCA, Seoul. His most recent book, the product of an avocation, By Any Other Name: A Cultural History of the Rose, is published in October 2021. He is currently writing a new history of modern painting, to be published in 2023.


He majored in fine art and modern history in the UK. Often considered a conceptual artist, the more you look at Morley’s painting, the more you discover and contemplate. As Morley said “Word is Image”, the keynote of his work is a text. He focuses on the fact that text has a meaning and a form. However, a simple and calm tone of monochrome, images or texts is gradually revealed as you approach. His monochrome work becomes more sensible while the process of recognition of standardized code and information on the surface of his work is induced. His painting thus blends the conceptual character in the rational realm of text with the fantastical realm of the image. He remains objective and factual by retaining the original typeface and layout when using sources.


Born 1958, in Eastbourne, UK.

Live and works in South Korea and France.


1977-80 BA Modern History, Mansfield College, Oxford University

1996-98 MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London

2013      PhD, University of Southampton


Selected One-Person Exhibitions (since 2000)

2021   ‘1948’ and Other Paintings, Gallery JJ, Seoul

            ‘Ex Libris’, Jesuitenbibliothek, Zurich, Switzerland

2020   ‘Ex Libris’, Bibliothek Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt, Germany

             Sankt Peter, Cologne, Germany

2018    ‘Parallel’, Hanmi Gallery, Seoul

             ‘Our Utopia’, Youlhwadang Book Museum, Paju Book City, Korea

2017    ‘Invisible’, Courtauld Institute Library, London

2016    ‘Soyez realistes. Demandez l’impossible’, DomaineM, Cerilly, France

2015    ‘Korean Works, 2010-15’, Gallery JJ, Seoul

            ‘Kiss Me Deadly’, Gallery Baton, Seoul

2014   ‘Albert Camus: Oeuvres’, Galerie Scrawitch, Paris

            ‘Book-Painting,’ Lounge Project, Art Sonje Center, Seoul

            ‘Lost Horizon’, Art First, London

2012   ‘Monograph’, Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo

2011   ‘Korea Land of the Dawn, and Other Paintings’, Art Link Gallery, Seoul

            ‘A Short History of the Twentieth Century’, Art First Gallery, London

            ‘Guest from the Future’ (with Maria Chevska), Galerie8, London

2010   ‘Six Halls’, Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo

           ‘Moon is Homeland Bright’: An Installation, Kyunghee Univ. Museum of Art, Seoul

            ‘Messagerie’, Musée des Beaux Arts, Dijon, France

2009   ‘Hitchcock’s Blondes’, Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo

            ‘The Rose Annual, 1924’, Art First Project Space, London

            ‘Cine Italia’, Metis_NL, Amsterdam

2008   ‘Moon Palace’, Paik Hae Young Gallery, Seoul

           ‘Cine Italia’, Zonca & Zonca, Milan 

2007   ‘A Short History of Dutch Painting, Part II’, Metis_NL, Amsterdam

           ‘Classic Japanese Movies’, Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo

           ‘The English Series’, Art First, London

2005   ‘Bookpainting’, Fiera del Libro d’Arte, Palazzo del Re, Bologna

            ‘VIRUS’, Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo

            ‘A Short History of Dutch Art’, Metis_NL, Amsterdam    

           ‘Rossa’, Galleria Spazia, Bologna

           ‘Reading Room’ (with Maria Chevska), MOCA Peckham, London

2004   ‘A Short History of Modern Japanese Fiction’, Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo

         Solo Presentation, MiArt, Milan (Percy Miller Gallery)             

2003   ‘Post Card’, Percy Miller Gallery, London

           ‘The Life of Things’, 3 Degrees West Gallery, Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, UK

            (Artist-in-Residence exhibition)

           ‘The Unfortunate Tourist of Helvellyn and his Faithful Dog’, 3 Degrees West Gallery,

           Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, UK

2002   ‘Italian Holiday’, Zero arte contemporanea, Piacenza, Italy

2001  ‘The Collected Works of George Orwell, and Other Paintings’, Percy Miller Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions (since 2005)

2021  ‘Colours,’ Galleria Spazia, Bologna, Italy

2019  ‘1968’, Three-person show at Eagle Gallery, London

2017  ‘Wider than the Sky’, Artspace Boan 1943, Seoul

2016  ‘Bookish’, Thomas Park Gallery, Seoul

          ‘Writing on the Wall’, Art First, London

          ‘A L’Echelle des Mots’, Espace Larith, Chambery, France

2015  ‘Visible Air’, Kyunghee University Museum of Art, Seoul

2014  ‘Le Mont Analogue’, Galerie Julien Bezille, Paris

          ‘Moon’, Art First Gallery, London

          ‘Universal Studios, Seoul’, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

          ‘Memoire de guerre,’ Musée Romain Rolland, Clamecy, France

2013  ‘Crossing Spaces’, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany

          ‘Natural History’, Art First, London

          ‘Monocromi. Dalla Materia alla Superficie. La Poetica dell’oggetto.

           Morley e Pinelli,’ Galleria Spazia, Bologna

          Chang Eung-Bok’s Boutique Hotel, ‘Peach Blossom Dream’, SeMA, Seoul

          Gwangju Design Biennial (collab. with Chang Eung-Bok), Gwangju, Korea

2012  Poznan Mediations Biennial, ‘The Unknown’, Poznan, Poland

          REAL DMZ, Cheorwon Province, South Korea, curated by Samuso

2010  ‘Gyeonggi Creation Center Residency Program Exhibition’, Incheon Art

          Platform, South Korea

2009  ‘Self-Taught’, Uri and Rami Museum, Ashdot Yaacov, Israel

          ‘ZOOM’, Looking Back/Looking Forward’, Art First, London

2008  Michael Petry’s ‘Golden Rain’, On the Edge exhibition, Savenger, Norway,

          European Capital of Culture Exhibition

2006 ‘Les Mots pour le faire’, with Yves Chaudouet and Maria Chevska, Musée

          Romain Rolland, Clamecy, France

2005  ‘A Picture of Britain’, Tate Britain, London

          ‘Ex Roma’, Abbey Award Winners Exhibition, APT Gallery, London

          ‘Lost and Found in Translation’, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall    

          'Art is a Word', Benefit exhibition for the Museums of Israel, Christie’s, London


Public and Corporate Collections

Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (Ansan, South Korea), Musee des Beaux-Arts (Dijon, France), Akxo Nobel (Holland), Cityside Development (London), Musée Romain Rolland (Clamecy, France), Tate Gallery Library (London), Victoria and Albert Museum Library (London), Wordsworth Trust (Grasmere, Cumbria, UK), Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London), Winchester School of Art Artists’ Book Collection


Awards, Residencies & Fellowships

2010     Artist in Residence, Gyeonggi Creation Center, South Korea

2008     Artist in Residence, Paik Hae Young Gallery, Seoul

2005     Artist in Residence, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Parc Saint Leger, Pougues-les-Eaux, Burgundy, France

2004     Abbey Fellow in Painting, The British School in Rome

2003/04             British Council Travel Award (Japan)

2002/03 Artist-in-Residence, The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

2000     Elephant Trust Grant

1998     London Arts Board Grant


Gallery JJ Project 34

2021. 9. 29 (Wed) - 11. 6 (Sat)

Gallery JJ Project 15

2015. 10. 7 (Wed)  - 11. 24 (Tue)

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