Robert Sim

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Artist Statement

Robert Sim has been an artist, sculptor, and teacher for most of his life.  He was born, and still lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  He studied at the School of  Art at the University of Manitoba, where he was the recipient of the Robert Bruce Scholarship for sculpture. 
Robert’s work extends from painting and drawing to sculpture and print making.  It encompasses a wide variety of media and styles, ranging from classical to abstract.  In general, he tries, as simply as possible, to represent what he sees without any overt commentary, preferring to work without any preconceived ideas, letting the work develop on its own as it proceeds. 

Like many other artists, he believes visual art is language of its own and explains itself in its own terms.  One of his favourite quotes regarding art comes from the Polish – French painter, Balthus, “ Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language.  I don’t know what to say about what I paint, really.”
Robert and his wife travel extensively, and, whenever possible, he tries to combine travel with work.  He has painted and drawn across Canada, in Europe, and in Asia.  

He is also devoted to life drawing, something which he pursues wherever he might be.  He has been involved in the promotion of life drawing and painting in Winnipeg for many years, participating in several public forums for First Fridays Winnipeg,  and as well painting from a model as part of Canada’s Culture Days.

Robert is the recipient of two Manitoba Arts Council grants, and has exhibited internationally, nationally, and locally.  
His work is in public, corporate, and private collections across Canada, the United States, Japan, and Europe.

Select Solo Exhibitions

2013   Outlook: Robert Sim
                           Gurevich Fine Art @ McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2009   Robert Sim: Selected Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture
            Ken Segal Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

elect Group Exhibitions

2014   Between Earth & Sky
    Gurevich Fine Art @ McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2014   Secrets From The Vault
           Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2013   Secrets From The Vault
           Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2012   Small Works
    Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2010   Nude cre8ion
            cre8ery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2008   The Canadian Shield and Other Landscapes
            Ken Segal Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2008   Subconscious City
            Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2007   Gertrude und Alice: 100 Jahre, !00 Rosen
            Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany
2007   '...scape...'
            cre8ery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2007   99 Pieces
            cre8ery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2007   Breaking Ground
            cre8ery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006   Nudes II
            Downstairs Studio, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2005   Five point Perspective
            Adelaide McDermot Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2005   Nudes I
            Downstairs Studio, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2004   Armstrong, Lavergne, Lourenzo, Sim, and Tanner
            Adelaide McDermot Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba


1985-1989 School of Art, University of Manitoba
1965-1969   University of Manitoba, B.A. (Psychology)


2003 Manitoba Arts Council, Project Grant
1992   Manitoba Arts Council, Project Grant


2009 – 2016  Sessional instructor – Drawing 

           Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba

2006 – 2017  Workshops:

           Alla Prima Painting, Winnipeg, Gimli, and Morden, MB
           Figurative Painting, Winnipeg and Gimli MB
           Figure Drawing, Winnipeg and Gimli  MB
           Speed Painting, Winnipeg MB
           Colour, Winnipeg MB
           Introduction to Watercolour, Winnipeg MB

Reviews & Publications

Border Crossings, vol.27, no.2, pgs. 87-89 - review: Amy Karlinsky
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Subconscious City, 2008 - catalogue: Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan


Robert Sim

Price range: $600-$6000