Jason Sims is a contemporary artist working in the realm of perceptual art. Primarily using mirror, reflective glass and lighting, Sims produces single and multiple piece wall works, freestanding sculptures and large-scale installations. He is most interested in creating work that facilitates a visceral experience for the viewer, a kind of tug of war between instinct and intellect whereby (hopefully) intellect surrenders, at least for a moment.
‘While the inherent nature of illusion is to deceive, my work is not intended to be deceptive. Rather, I am interested in creating work that serves as a vehicle to re-imagine the space encountered – to deconstruct perceived physical limitations – and facilitate a kind of meditative response allowing viewers to interpret the illusion of space created as reality.’
Sims graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the University of South Australia in 2006 and has since exhibited across Australia as well as in Hong Kong, the UK and the USA. His work is held in major public and private collections, including Artbank, one of the most significant collections of Australian art in the world, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Gippsland Art Gallery. In 2016 he produced a major public artwork at M Docklands Melbourne, and in 2015 he had a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) during which he was awarded the Advertiser’s Contemporary Art Prize ‘for the most outstanding work in any medium’ as part of the Festival.