Jane Simpson was born in Watford in 1965. She studied at Chelsea School of Art, 1985-1988 and the Royal Academy Schools, London 1990-1993. She has exhibited extensively and was included in Damien Hirst’s exhibition ‘Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away’ at the Serpentine Gallery in 1994. She was also in ‘Sensation; Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection’, Royal Academy of Arts, London in 1997. In 1999 she was the IASPIS fellow to Goteborg. She recently had a solo exhibition ‘Still Life’ at the New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, Roche Court, Salisbury in 2006.
Jane Simpson’s work incorporates domestic, everyday objects; primarily kitchen utensils and cooking equipment with a variety of materials such as ceramic, silicon rubber and wax, either monochrome or multicoloured. She has made a number of works using arrangements of bottles and other vessels on plinths or shelves inspired by the Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. In ‘Belle’ (Golden Age of Refrigeration) 2000 Simpson uses a designer Philippe Starck lamp and a Danish set of three tables combined with a refrigeration unit. A thin layer of frost develops on the lamp base and inside the stainless steel tray, creating an additional material. The frost is at odds with the elegant lamp base and invites the viewer to examine the objects more closely. The refrigeration unit also adds a kinetic element to the work as the layer of frost takes time to build up and defrost when the work is turned on and off.