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Raphaela Simon: Phantom

17 May through summer

Michael Werner Gallery, London is pleased to present Phantom, an exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures by Raphaela Simon (b. 1986, Villingen, Germany).

Throughout her career, Simon has sought to capture the ineffable on canvas. Even when painting a seemingly neutral subject, such as an abstract shape or an inanimate object, Simon is looking for the tension or “the hidden power beneath the surface.”

In her recent works, Simon has shifted to painting figures and heads that are subjected to a variety of situations and scenarios. The heads, with their fixed expressions and hollow appearance, are also masks. As a mask, they conceal shame, block madness, and protect the wearer from anger and horror. While they can appear outwardly melancholic, aggressive, or apathetic, they are intended to convey deep emotion. For Simon, they act as a vehicle to give voice to inexpressible needs and suffering.

Phantom, the painting for which the exhibition is named, most clearly illustrates Simon’s intention of making the unseen visible. The face of a spirit appears on the body of the painter and dominates her. Dots flow from the eyes, across the shoulders, and down the arms of the painter, as the painter then tries to capture the spirit on the canvas.  

Raphaela Simon studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Solo exhibitions have been held worldwide at Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin and Paris; Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles; and Michael Werner Gallery, London. Her most recent public exhibition, Raphaela Simon: Die Nachahmung der Rose, is on view at Oldenburger Kunstverein in Oldenburg until 21 April 2024. Simon lives and works in Berlin.

Phantom opens to the public on 17 May with a private view on 16 May from 6-8pm. The exhibition will remain on view through the summer. A full-colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

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Raphaela Simon

“Zuckerwürfel (Sugar Cube)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

65 x 78 3/4 inches

165 x 200 cm

SIM 89

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Zuckerwürfel (Sugar Cube)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

65 x 78 3/4 inches

165 x 200 cm

SIM 89

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Stampfer 1 (Masher 1)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 70 3/4 inches

210 x 180 cm

SIM 98

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Stampfer 1 (Masher 1)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 70 3/4 inches

210 x 180 cm

SIM 98

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Anpassung (Adjustment)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 76 3/4 inches

210 x 195 cm

SIM 112

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Anpassung (Adjustment)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 76 3/4 inches

210 x 195 cm

SIM 112

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Brand (Fire)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

86 1/2 x 74 3/4 inches

220 x 190 cm

SIM 118

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Brand (Fire)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

86 1/2 x 74 3/4 inches

220 x 190 cm

SIM 118

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Hoher Sessel (Tall Armchair)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

90 1/2 x 70 3/4 inches

230 x 180 cm

SIM 128

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Hoher Sessel (Tall Armchair)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

90 1/2 x 70 3/4 inches

230 x 180 cm

SIM 128

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Lärm (Noise)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

63 x 78 3/4 inches

160 x 200 cm

SIM 145

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Lärm (Noise)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

63 x 78 3/4 inches

160 x 200 cm

SIM 145

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Drahtseil (Tightrope)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

39 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

100 x 110 cm

SIM 147

SOLD

 

Raphaela Simon

“Drahtseil (Tightrope)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

39 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

100 x 110 cm

SIM 147

SOLD

 

Raphaela Simon

“Lärm 1 (Noise 1)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

31 1/2 x 43 1/4 inches

80 x 110 cm

SIM 152

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Lärm 1 (Noise 1)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

31 1/2 x 43 1/4 inches

80 x 110 cm

SIM 152

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Beton (Concrete)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

78 3/4 x 67 inches

200 x 170 cm

SIM 155

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Beton (Concrete)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

78 3/4 x 67 inches

200 x 170 cm

SIM 155

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Phantom”, 2023

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 63 inches

210 x 160 cm

SIM 157

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Phantom”, 2023

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 63 inches

210 x 160 cm

SIM 157

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Tarnung (Camouflage)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

78 3/4 x 69 inches

200 x 175 cm

SIM 159

$36,000

Raphaela Simon

“Tarnung (Camouflage)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

78 3/4 x 69 inches

200 x 175 cm

SIM 159

$36,000

Raphaela Simon

“Dampf (Steam)”, 2015

Oil on canvas

67 x 78 3/4 inches

170 x 200 cm

SIM 164

$36,000

Raphaela Simon

“Dampf (Steam)”, 2015

Oil on canvas

67 x 78 3/4 inches

170 x 200 cm

SIM 164

$36,000

Raphaela Simon

“Müdigkeit (Fatigue)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

69 x 78 3/4 inches

175 x 200 cm

SIM 165

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Müdigkeit (Fatigue)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

69 x 78 3/4 inches

175 x 200 cm

SIM 165

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Tattoo”, 2024

Oil on canvas

67 x 78 3/4 inches

170 x 200 cm

SIM 166

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Tattoo”, 2024

Oil on canvas

67 x 78 3/4 inches

170 x 200 cm

SIM 166

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Frühstück (Breakfast)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

63 x 78 3/4 inches

160 x 200 cm

SIM 167

$35,000

 

Raphaela Simon

“Frühstück (Breakfast)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

63 x 78 3/4 inches

160 x 200 cm

SIM 167

$35,000

 

Raphaela Simon

“Heizung (Heating)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

59 x 47 1/4 inches

150 x 120 cm

SIM 168

$26,000

Raphaela Simon

“Heizung (Heating)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

59 x 47 1/4 inches

150 x 120 cm

SIM 168

$26,000

Raphaela Simon

“Haut (Skin)”, 2022

Fabric, cotton wool, wood

94 1/2 x 39 1/4 x 23 1/2 inches

240 x 100 x 60 cm

SIMP 20

$25,000

Raphaela Simon

“Haut (Skin)”, 2022

Fabric, cotton wool, wood

94 1/2 x 39 1/4 x 23 1/2 inches

240 x 100 x 60 cm

SIMP 20

$25,000

Raphaela Simon

“Seeigel (Sea Urchin)”, 2023

Fabric, cotton wool, wire, wood

39 1/4 x 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

100 x 110 x 110 cm

SIMP 30

$12,000

Raphaela Simon

“Seeigel (Sea Urchin)”, 2023

Fabric, cotton wool, wire, wood

39 1/4 x 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

100 x 110 x 110 cm

SIMP 30

$12,000

Raphaela Simon

“Blume (Flower)”, 2023

Fabric, cotton wool, wire

27 1/2 x 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

70 x 110 x 110 cm

SIMP 31

$12,000

Raphaela Simon

“Blume (Flower)”, 2023

Fabric, cotton wool, wire

27 1/2 x 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

70 x 110 x 110 cm

SIMP 31

$12,000

Raphaela Simon

“Zuckerwürfel (Sugar Cube)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

65 x 78 3/4 inches

165 x 200 cm

SIM 89

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Zuckerwürfel (Sugar Cube)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

65 x 78 3/4 inches

165 x 200 cm

SIM 89

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Stampfer 1 (Masher 1)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 70 3/4 inches

210 x 180 cm

SIM 98

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Stampfer 1 (Masher 1)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 70 3/4 inches

210 x 180 cm

SIM 98

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Anpassung (Adjustment)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 76 3/4 inches

210 x 195 cm

SIM 112

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Anpassung (Adjustment)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 76 3/4 inches

210 x 195 cm

SIM 112

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Brand (Fire)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

86 1/2 x 74 3/4 inches

220 x 190 cm

SIM 118

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Brand (Fire)”, 2022

Oil on canvas

86 1/2 x 74 3/4 inches

220 x 190 cm

SIM 118

$38,000

Raphaela Simon

“Hoher Sessel (Tall Armchair)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

90 1/2 x 70 3/4 inches

230 x 180 cm

SIM 128

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Hoher Sessel (Tall Armchair)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

90 1/2 x 70 3/4 inches

230 x 180 cm

SIM 128

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Lärm (Noise)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

63 x 78 3/4 inches

160 x 200 cm

SIM 145

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Lärm (Noise)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

63 x 78 3/4 inches

160 x 200 cm

SIM 145

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Drahtseil (Tightrope)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

39 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

100 x 110 cm

SIM 147

SOLD

 

Raphaela Simon

“Drahtseil (Tightrope)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

39 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

100 x 110 cm

SIM 147

SOLD

 

Raphaela Simon

“Lärm 1 (Noise 1)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

31 1/2 x 43 1/4 inches

80 x 110 cm

SIM 152

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Lärm 1 (Noise 1)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

31 1/2 x 43 1/4 inches

80 x 110 cm

SIM 152

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Beton (Concrete)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

78 3/4 x 67 inches

200 x 170 cm

SIM 155

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Beton (Concrete)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

78 3/4 x 67 inches

200 x 170 cm

SIM 155

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Phantom”, 2023

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 63 inches

210 x 160 cm

SIM 157

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Phantom”, 2023

Oil on canvas

82 3/4 x 63 inches

210 x 160 cm

SIM 157

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Tarnung (Camouflage)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

78 3/4 x 69 inches

200 x 175 cm

SIM 159

$36,000

Raphaela Simon

“Tarnung (Camouflage)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

78 3/4 x 69 inches

200 x 175 cm

SIM 159

$36,000

Raphaela Simon

“Dampf (Steam)”, 2015

Oil on canvas

67 x 78 3/4 inches

170 x 200 cm

SIM 164

$36,000

Raphaela Simon

“Dampf (Steam)”, 2015

Oil on canvas

67 x 78 3/4 inches

170 x 200 cm

SIM 164

$36,000

Raphaela Simon

“Müdigkeit (Fatigue)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

69 x 78 3/4 inches

175 x 200 cm

SIM 165

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Müdigkeit (Fatigue)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

69 x 78 3/4 inches

175 x 200 cm

SIM 165

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Tattoo”, 2024

Oil on canvas

67 x 78 3/4 inches

170 x 200 cm

SIM 166

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Tattoo”, 2024

Oil on canvas

67 x 78 3/4 inches

170 x 200 cm

SIM 166

SOLD

Raphaela Simon

“Frühstück (Breakfast)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

63 x 78 3/4 inches

160 x 200 cm

SIM 167

$35,000

 

Raphaela Simon

“Frühstück (Breakfast)”, 2024

Oil on canvas

63 x 78 3/4 inches

160 x 200 cm

SIM 167

$35,000

 

Raphaela Simon

“Heizung (Heating)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

59 x 47 1/4 inches

150 x 120 cm

SIM 168

$26,000

Raphaela Simon

“Heizung (Heating)”, 2023

Oil on canvas

59 x 47 1/4 inches

150 x 120 cm

SIM 168

$26,000

Raphaela Simon

“Haut (Skin)”, 2022

Fabric, cotton wool, wood

94 1/2 x 39 1/4 x 23 1/2 inches

240 x 100 x 60 cm

SIMP 20

$25,000

Raphaela Simon

“Haut (Skin)”, 2022

Fabric, cotton wool, wood

94 1/2 x 39 1/4 x 23 1/2 inches

240 x 100 x 60 cm

SIMP 20

$25,000

Raphaela Simon

“Seeigel (Sea Urchin)”, 2023

Fabric, cotton wool, wire, wood

39 1/4 x 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

100 x 110 x 110 cm

SIMP 30

$12,000

Raphaela Simon

“Seeigel (Sea Urchin)”, 2023

Fabric, cotton wool, wire, wood

39 1/4 x 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

100 x 110 x 110 cm

SIMP 30

$12,000

Raphaela Simon

“Blume (Flower)”, 2023

Fabric, cotton wool, wire

27 1/2 x 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

70 x 110 x 110 cm

SIMP 31

$12,000

Raphaela Simon

“Blume (Flower)”, 2023

Fabric, cotton wool, wire

27 1/2 x 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches

70 x 110 x 110 cm

SIMP 31

$12,000

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