Simon Cottrell

Australia, b. 1975

Simon Cottrell completed a Fine Art degree with Honours from RMIT University, and went on to obtain a Masters in Fine Art Research in 2010. He has taught and lectured at universities around the world including RMIT Melbourne, Rhode Island School of Design Providence and the Australian National University in Canberra where he currently works in the Gold and Silversmithing workshop.  His work is held in public collections all over Australia, including the National Gallery  of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of South Australia, and in significant private collections internationally.


“When our senses are presented with something that is familiar and yet also ambiguous our curiosity is triggered and sensory engagement is extended. This is because our ability to be clear about what we are actually looking at becomes hard to resolve. If there is a potential line between these brooches being perceived as either one way or another, I will usually try to sit on that line. Where that line lies, however, depends very much on the priorities and attentiveness of the viewer. In essence the work doesn’t aim to tell a viewer anything specific; more simply I want to give the wearer a personal sensory experience, in an ongoing, unfolding, quiet but resonant manner. While there is no punch line to be found in this work, it is fundamental to human nature to attempt resolve our perceptions of our surroundings.” Simon Cottrell

Shouldered hipped pruned, 2012, monel

More work by Simon Cottrell

Mirrored angle hang pendant by Simon Cottrell Mirrored angle hang pendant , 2017, monel, cord ,
Bell pipe pendant by Simon Cottrell Bell pipe pendant , 2018, monel, cord ,
Ball under disc (glowing) by Simon Cottrell Ball under disc (glowing) , 2010, monel, phosphorescent paint ,
Circle ball beneath slits  by Simon Cottrell Circle ball beneath slits , 2015, monel ,
Awkward profile by Simon Cottrell Awkward profile , 2006, monel, acrylic ,
Doubled barrel by Simon Cottrell Doubled barrel , 2012, monel ,
Double drop by Simon Cottrell Double drop , 2011, monel ,
From to pendant by Simon Cottrell From to pendant , 2018, monel, nylon cord ,
Round and back back by Simon Cottrell Round and back back , 2010, monel ,
Doubled circles reflected by Simon Cottrell Doubled circles reflected , monel, 2012 ,
Awkward rest (container) by Simon Cottrell Awkward rest (container) , monel, 2005 ,
Doubled doubled circles by Simon Cottrell Doubled doubled circles , monel, 2013 ,
Barrelled bud log by Simon Cottrell Barrelled bud log , monel, 2011 ,
Cufflinks by Simon Cottrell Cufflinks , silver, monel, 2014 ,
Circle on more by Simon Cottrell Circle on more , monel, powdercoat, ,


Output to Paths

August 23 to September 17, 2011

It isn’t always an easy companionship we share with Simon’s work. It can deny us easy access and require real focus: this is its challenge and its reward. As Simon says, “these pieces are not conceived to be made clear sense of”.


October 6 - 31, 2015

Gallery Funaki celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition by some of our longest-standing artists.