Simon Starling

(born 1967)
Simon Starling Autoxylopyrocycloboros 2006 © Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute/ Toby Web Ltd., Glasgow

Biography

Simon Starling was born in Surrey. He studied at Maidstone College of Art (1986-7) and Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham (1987-90), before completing an MFA at The Glasgow School of Art in 1992. Interested in the journeys made by people and objects, the origins of desire, and the value of materials, some of Starling’s most notable works have transformed one object into another. For example, in an early work from 1996, Starling took the metal of an antique silver spoon to make copies of a fake twenty-pence piece he had found. His work has been shown worldwide including the 50th and 53rd Venice Biennales in 2003 and 2009 respectively, and he was awarded the Turner Prize in 2005. Recent exhibitions include Devils in the Making, GoMA, Glasgow (2015); Nine Feet Later, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2015) and Metamorphology, Musée d'art contemporain, Montréal (2015). Starling now lives and works in Copenhagen.