Simon Linke has been making paintings based on Artforum advertisements since 1985. Often made on a 1:1 scale with the magazine, the paintings are rendered in thick oil paint lending a wildly expressive surface to the contrasting graphic image. The work explores themes around contemporary art and permanence, history, subjectivity and the market while referring to On Kawara and Hanne Darboven in terms of seriality and repetition, and Andy Warhol and Sherrie Levine in relation to questions of authenticity and authorship.
He has shown most recently with Karsten Schubert, London, and Mireille Mosler in New York and has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions including Le Consortium, Dijon in 2004. He has works in a number of public collections including Tate, London and FRAC Limousin, France.
He currently lives and works in London.