"My work is on the border between abstraction and surrealism, formal design and automatism. I reject all notions of the end of painting and continue to use mark making as my basic tool, as a technique to liberate the mind and evoke universal archetypes. I begin a work very spontaneously, often with the canvas lying on the ground and soaked with water to make the colours flow. Then I proceed through a series of re-drawing, shape making, and building layers, using the inner eye to determine a final result, which may, or may not, correspond to something in nature. This most recent work is a synthesis of my cloisonnist series from the mid 1990s, and the more lyric abstract paintings of the late 90s. These paintings are improvised to a great degree. Their final form is the result of creating forms directly from the application of paint, with a minimum of drawing. This may evolve into a lyrical, atmospheric work, or one where formal structures of design suggest the figure, the landscape, or even still life, but re-interpreted into a purely imaginative realm, a personal, yet universal, world of forms whose meaning changes with each viewer."
Biography: Born in Ottawa in 1947, North Vancouver artist, Gregg Simpson, has been active in visual art since the mid-1960s. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Canada, the U.S., France, Italy, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Malaysia, and South America and is included in over 100 private and public collections in Europe, Asia and North America. Since 1994, Simpson has spent much time traveling and exhibiting in France and Italy. In 2001, he exhibited a retrospective of drawings from 1978-1999 in Seillans, France, the last home of one of his heroes, Max Ernst. The exhibition then traveled to Prato, Italy in 2001. In May 2000, Simpson exhibited in Tuscany at the Fortezza di Montalcino, a 14th Century castle. This exhibition, entitled A New Arcadia, The Art of Gregg Simpson is the subject of a Bravo television documentary, which premiered in 2003. Simpson’s work has been written about and studied in several art journals, history books and academic studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Université Rabelais de Tours, France and at the Accademia Tiberina in Rome. In France, his work has been exhibited and published by two renowned art historians, both colleagues of Surrealism’s founder, André Breton. The first, José Pierre, included the artist in his landmark book, L’Univers Surréaliste, (Editions Somogy, 1983) and in 1999, Sarane Alexandrian put Simpson’s work in his periodical, Supériore Inconnu. In June 2005, Simpson will be exhibiting in the Musée Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer, near Nice,France and at the Fundaçion Eugenio Granell in Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.
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