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Simon Knowles

Simon Knowles

Born in London 1957

1975-78 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art. Falmouth School of Art


2006 Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co.Kildare
2004 The Private Collector's Gallery, Inishannon
2003 Kilcock Gallery, Kilcock
2002 South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel
2002 Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar
2000 Kilcock Gallery, Kilcock
1997 Blackcombe Gallery, Cork
1997 Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh
1991 Saint Bride's church. Fleet Street. London
1980 Cannon Hill, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
1980 Holt Street Gallery, Birmingham


Allied Irish Bank . Kildare County Council . Ulster Bank . Bank of Liechtenstein.
Beaumont Hospital . The ICS Mortgage Store . Irish Managers Institute
Bausch and Lomb . Rochestown Park Hotel . Munster House

This series of panels, each of which refers to a section of the city, such as Latin, French, Italian etc, plays on the idea of incommensurability, that is to say on the idea that current culture is a de-centred, plural structure in which no principles of order can be determined that retain any permanence. Instead Heterotopia is a place that endlessly reflects itself replicating its own de-centred shifting language of multicultural symbols.

The panels depicting various quarters of the city then become a map to a chaotic multiculturalism in which the signs and symbols associated with particular cultures appear, at random, in what might generally be perceived as the 'wrong' quarter - for example Islamic text appearing in the Jewish quarter - thus causing the collapse of recognized models of cultural identity and the brief creation of new hybrid models.