Rich Simmons (1986) is leading the next wave of artists pushing a new era of Modern Pop Art.
Inspired by pop art and comic artists from the 50s and 60s, Simmons achieves his bold, graphical comic style through detailed stencils and spray paint, techniques heavily rooted in street art. The most intriguing influence in Simmons' paintings is his integration of Renaissance techniques in composition, golden ratio and Fibonacci. Euro News went as far to describe Simmons' work as 'Pop Art inspired by da Vinci'.
At just 37 years old, Simmons has already exhibited in 33 galleries and museums across three continents, seven countries and 16 major cities, proving his versatility and global appeal.
Simmons' use of colour and commentary is bold and unmistakable. His irreverent sense of humour invites his audience to question taboo topics. Inked magazine described the work as something that will make you blush, and it's easy to see how the combination of superheroes and pin-ups tell stories of romance, lust, mental health and social injustice.
Prohbtd magazine described the work by saying, 'Simmons paints like a punk rocker' and as a self-taught artist and storyteller, that outside-the-box mentality and a willingness to write his own rules is clear. Rebellious and controversial but fun and humorous. What the Sex Pistols did with their music and lyrics is what Simmons is doing now with spray paint and canvas, rewriting the rule book and shaping a new genre of Pop Punk Art.
In 2018, a painting created for Gracious Hearts Charity for children with cerebral palsy sold for £52,000 at a Christie’s charity auction.
2022 saw the launch of Simmons NFT debut, with Reflections selling out the 3,333 mint in under an hour and going on to generate $1.8 million in sales on Opensea in the first month. The collection debuted in the top 10 Art NFTs on Opensea and earned finalist spots in the NFT NYC Awards as Best NFT Artist and Best Emerging NFT Artist.
Simmons is also the creator and founder of Art Is The Cure, a Vinspired award-winning organisation promoting art therapy and has run workshops and talks around the world.
2023 Henarch Galleries, London - Quintestencil - Launches April 20th
2022 Taglialatella Gallery, New York - Solo Show
2021 VW Contemporary Gallery, Greenwich Connecticut – Group Show
2021 Taglialatella Gallery, New York – Group Show
2020 Galerie Sakura, Paris – Group Show
2020 Old Bank Vault Gallery, London – Group Show
2020 Miller Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio – Group Show
2020 Hampton Galleries, Montreal – Group Show
2019 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - Arkansas – Group