Simon Degroot is a Brisbane based artist who considers how contemporary abstract painting can interrogate and form a dialogue with pre-existing image details and abstract forms. He completed postgraduate studies at the Queensland College of Art where he was awarded his PhD in 2017 with an exhibition titled, Familiar Beyond Recognition: Translation in Contemporary Abstraction.
Degroot maintains an active profile of solo and group exhibitions including: Decorate at Wellington St Projects, Sydney (2017), Picture Building at Kick Arts Contemporary, Cairns (2016), Indirect Response Postgraduate and Other Projects Griffith University, Brisbane (2015), Composite Orders Rubicon Ari, Melbourne (2015), Shallow Space Australian National Capital Artists Gallery, Canberra (2014). In 2015 and 2018 he was awarded the Moreton Bay Art Award.
In addition to his studio practice Degroot creates large-scale wall paintings and exterior murals. He has completed significant public work for a range of high profile clients including The City of South Perth, Bundaberg Regional Galleries, Queensland Rail, Cairns Regional Council, Brisbane City Council and The Brisbane Hilton. These projects compliment his studio investigations and provide opportunities for expanded painting.