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Coastal Patterns Gallery features the work of Gregg Simpson. His career spans five decades and includes work done in a range of styles, particularly surrealism and abstraction. Browse the categories of work – Abstracts, Landscapes, Figurations, and Works on Paper done in the mediums of painting, pastel, ink and mixed media.

Series of the Week – Cloisonnist Abstracts

Works from the Cloisonnist Abstracts series were created in homage to the Cloisonnist painters of France in the late 19th Century, particularly those who worked in the south of France. For more information or to purchase a work, click Cloisonnist Abstracts

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Check back every week to view a new series of paintings, drawings, and works on paper in a wide range of subjects and styles. Here are the Series of the Week featured recently:

If you are in the Vancouver area and would like to view Gregg’s work, please contact us to set up an appointment to visit Gregg in his studio on Bowen Island, a 20-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver.

spring_forest-e1497504738578.jpgAuction News

Spring in the Forest was featured in the Auction of Canadian Contemporary Art at Canadian Consignors – June 7 to June 14

Canadian Consignors is currently interested in selling works by Gregg Simpson. If you are a collector of Gregg’s work and need to downsize or wish to sell a piece, contact Canadian Consignors in Toronto.

Gregg Simpson is the subject of a BRAVO TV Documentary entitled A New Arcadia: The Art of Gregg Simpson.

Nicole Donnely, a curator in Mexico City, wrote that Simpson’s paintings flux between the solid, rooted world and the  ethereal. Writer and Surrealist historian, José Pierre, a colleague of André Breton in the Surrealist Group, wrote that  Simpson knows how to add pyramids and clouds, geometry and the breeze, the palpable and the impalpable, the visible and the invisible

Artist Statement

Painting_Mediterranean_Still_Life_croppedMy work involved an evolution through aspects of surrealism and abstraction. I began in the 1960s as a hard-edge, Pop-influenced painter, who also did collages,  drawings and multi-media. In the 1970’s I developed a neo-surrealist style, which eventually worked its way to a form of lyric abstraction.  I now work on the border between abstraction and surrealism, between formal design and automatist gesture.  A painting may evolve from shapes and forms into a lyrical, atmospheric work, or into one where a structure or contour suggests the figure, the landscape, or even still life, but transformed into a purely imaginative realm, a personal, yet universal, world of forms, the meaning of which changes with each viewer.  I continue to emphasize the importance of mark making, automatism and improvisation, because the physical act is always necessary to create art.

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