Simon Ingram

Wellington, New Zealand, b. 1971

Simon Ingram graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Art in 1992. In 1999, he completed a Masters in Visual Arts at the Sydney College of Art, going on to attain a Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland in 2006. Ingram’s practice focuses generally on the integration of art and technology in a direct, interactive way. Perhaps the best-known examples of this are his painting machines, originally constructed using Lego and now utilising bespoke machine components and microprocessors, which allow a paintbrush to move automatically across the surface of a canvas, propelled by a system of motors and rails. These machines allow Ingram to paint at a remove, setting up the parameters and conditions under which the work will take place. The inputs for each machine vary: sometimes a customised software algorithm (Drunken Walk Machine, 2008) other times a radio telescope, picking up interstellar radiation (Radio Painting Station, 2013-14). In this sense, Ingram’s work is a direct demonstration of the ability of energy to be transformed from one form into another—and ultimately, into art. Ingram has exhibited extensively both in New Zealand and overseas, and is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.

Auction Results

Spirit Level Painting


enamel on plywood with Stabila spirit level

400mm x 392mm

Achieved $3,224.38

Automata Painting No. 1


acrylic and graphite on linen

505mm x 505mm

Estimate $3,500 - $5,500