Born 1975 in Huddersfield, lives and works in London. He attended Leeds Metropolitan University, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London and has an MFA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Barclay's art is an expression of his interest of how we construct and perform (our own) identity. Growing up during Thatcher's England searching for a new Britisch identity and culture lead him to his main aspiration. The artist wrestles with his past experience, drawing upon a pool of disparate cultural sources to enact his own contested authenticity, turning cold and austere material into tender expressions of reflection and belonging.
Recent exhibitions include: Bus2move, Gateshead, 2019; Liferoom, Manchester, 2019, Survey, G39, Cardiff, 2019; Bus2move, Leeds, 2018; Survey, Jerwood pace, Jerwood Visual Arts, London, 2018; Knock Knock, South London Gallery, London, 2018; Common Third, Copperfield Gallery, London, 2018; It's not There Till it's There, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, 2018; We Are Where We Are, Baltic 39, Newcastle, 2018; Repeats (Figures and Infrastructures), Sixty Eight Art Institute, Copenhagen, 2018; Art Now: Simon Barclay, The Hero Wears Clay Shoes, Tate Britain, London, 2017; Exit, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, 2017; Houses Are Really Bodies, Cubitt, London, 2017; On Longing, Arcadia Missa, New York, 2017; Wagstaff's, Mostyn, Llandudno, 2017; They Don't Like It Up 'Em', Cubitt, London, 2016; Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, 2016; General Studies, Outpost, Norwich, 2016; Opensource, Gillet Square, London, 2016; Playing By The Rules, Royal Standard, Liverpool, 2016.