Matthew Simmonds graduated with an honours degree in history of art from the University of East Anglia in 1984, specialising in the art and architecture of the medieval period. After working for several years as an illustrator, in 1991 he studied architectural stone carving at Weymouth technical college. He has worked on the restoration of several major English national monuments, most importantly Westminster Abbey and the cathedrals of Salisbury and Ely. In 1997 he transferred to Pietrasanta, Italy, where he specialised in fine classical ornament in marble. He gained his first recognition as a sculptor in 1999 after winning first prize at the second international sculpture symposium of Verona. Since then he has participated in several sculpture symposia worldwide and has exhibited in the UK, Italy, Germany, Denmark, China, the UAE, Australia and the USA. In 2014 he transferred with his family to Denmark where he now lives and works.

Sculpture shows, symposia, major commissions and prizes

2022        Commission for a large panel sculpture in limestone for a private house in the UK

2018        Downsized - collective show at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

                Skulpturbiennale Dronninglund 2018 - collective show of the Danish Sculptors' Society, North Jutland, Denmark

2017        Commission for a large sculptural chimneypiece in limestone for a private house in San Francisco, USA

2016        Festival of Islamic Art - National Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE

                 OnForm 2016 collective stone sculpture biennale, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire

2015        Commission for the sculpture Ringrone for a private client in Ireland

2014        Contemporary Sculpture - collective show, Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London

                 On Form 2014 - collective stone sculpture show, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire

2013        Commission for a sculptural marble chimneypiece for Bonnington House, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh

                 Cambridge Art Fair, exhibiting with Lynne Strover gallery, Cambridge

                 International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Montone, Italy

                 Modern Baroques - collective show, Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London

2012        On Form 2012 - collective stone sculpture show, Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire

                 The Influence of Historicism II  - seven artist show, Medici Gallery,  Cork Street, London

2011        Commission for a large sculptural marble bench for the entrance to Devon House, Hong Kong
                 The Influence of Historicism
- five artist show, Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London

                 Sculpture by the Sea - sculpture biennale, Aarhus, Denmark

                 New Year exhibition of gallery artists, Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London

2010        Commission for three sculpture series Trilogy for the head offices of Swire Properties, Hong Kong
                 Two artist show with the painter Tony de Wolf, Medici Gallery, Cork Street London
                 Introducing... Matthew Simmonds  solo show, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia

2009        Light and Shadow - three artist show, Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London
                 International Sculpture symposium, Korçe, Albania

                 Royal British Society of Sculptors - Shortlisted artist for the First@108 public sculpture commission

2008        Inner Worlds - solo show, Relais Il Bottaccio, Montignoso, Italy
                 Messe in Opera per Palladio - collective show, Casa Palladio, Vicenza, Italy

2007        International Sculpture Symposium, Leingarten, Germany
                 Summer show, Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London

2006        Sculture nel Giardino - solo show, Albergo Battelli, Marina di Pietrasanta, Italy
                 Sculture - solo show, Centro Culturale Luigi Russo, Pietrasanta, Italy

2005        International sculpture symposium, Hualien, Taiwan

2003        1st International Sculpture Exhibition, Guilin Yuzi Paradise, China,
                 Artisti in Galleria - collective show, Arkad Foundation, Seravezza, Italy
                 Sculpture in the Garden - collective show, University of Leicester Botanical Gardens, United Kingdom

2002        International Sculpture Symposium, Sant’ Ippolito, Italy
                 La Pietra Lavorata - collective show, San Niccolò, Arezzo, Italy
                 Mater Materia - collective show, Florida International University, Miami, USA

2001        International sculpture symposium, Nantopietra, Vicenza, Italy Second prize
                 International Sculpture Symposium, Aley, Lebanon

2000        Third International sculpture symposium of Verona, Italy Third prize

1999        Second International sculpture symposium of Verona, Italy First prize


1996       International Sculpture Symposium, Teulada, Sardinia, Italy