Simon Gales attended Ipswich School of Art and Goldsmiths College London, where he studied under Jon Thompson who opened his mind to the idea that an extra dimension could be explored beneath the surface of a subject, that such dimensions can only be perceived (not necessarily understood) by a clear and unimpeded intuition. This propelled him into painting a series of metaphysical images with an emphasis on the everyday object.
After graduating among the YBA's in 1988, he was selected as one of 25 'Christies New Contemporaries' along with Mark Francis and Glenn Brown in a highly publicised show at the Royal College . Since he has taken part in numerous shows including Arts Council funded exhibitions along with many internationally acclaimed artists and former tutors in galleries and museums across Britain. Simon Gales moved to SW France in 1993 where he continues to work and live . His art has become increasingly asymmetric, physical and spare in composition verging on minimal - 'this sense of intuition coupled uncomfortably with the demands of an uncompromising vision or feeling is almost a form of faith – a cause that brings things together – the photograph, the tectonic construction, the colour and balance of the painting, its radical flatness and evocative volume – all these things that work together to sharply affect us' (Turps Banana 2016).