Rich Simmons, a rising star in the international art scene, is coming off of three very successful solo shows in the United Kingdom. In “London Calling,” Rich Simmons is bringing his latest works to the Bowery, which include recognizable imagery from pop culture, such as super-heroes that project his opinions and sense of humor on these familiar and well-known images. Simmons is best known for his street art piece celebrating the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, entitled “Future ***King,” depicting the royal couple as Sid & Nancy of the Sex Pistols, which went global within hours of its release.
What better place to debut your first US solo show than New York! What do you look forward to bringing to the city with this show?
It’s a dream come true to be exhibiting in New York and for it to be my first solo show in the US the feeling is incredible. I think my style will go down well here, as it draws on a lot of styles that have been synonymous with New York artists. I love comic books and New York has produced and inspired some of the great characters and artists from this genre. I’m a big pop art fan and Warhol is a huge inspiration. Therefore, to see my work in the same gallery as some of his pieces it is a huge honor. I am also a big fan of street art and graffiti and NY is one of the best cities in the world to see that kind of art. My art is a mix of all of these varied influences and I’m excited to add my name to the list of artists who have had shows in this amazing city.
How does your work fit in the NYC street art scene?
Some of the best street artists in the world live and work in New York and I feel like my style is something new to add to that mix of talented artists. I’ve had an opportunity to hang out with the UR New York guys Ski and 2ease and they’ve been very supportive of my style coming to New York. Therefore, to have peers from the city wanting to collaborate and support my work it is very exciting and I can’t wait to find some time to get out on the streets and do some pieces in the future.
As a “rising artist” what can we expect from Rich Simmons in the next few years? Do you have a dream project?
I have a lot of ideas for shows and art styles that I want to explore and produce. I’m always looking to find new ways to change my style up, create new ways of using stencils that haven’t been explored before and push my limits artistically. My dream was always just to exhibit my work in New York and that’s happening thanks to Soho Contemporary Art. Therefore, I now have to take some time to see how I can raise the bar and set a new goal moving forwards.
Soho Contemporary Art, New York, New York (September 20th, 2014) – There will be a public grand opening on Saturday, September 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Simmons will be in attendance for both events.