Vibrant Art for the Imagination

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Featured exclusively by Coastal Patterns Gallery on the west coast of Canada,Gregg Simpson works in a wide range of styles, particularly surrealism and abstraction. Browse the categories of work  Abstracts, Landscapes, Figurations, and Works on Paper created in the mediums of painting, pastel, ink and mixed media.

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Series of the Week – A New Arcadia

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A New Arcadia takes its title from my reaction to certain features of the landscape of Provence and Tuscany. There, the cypress and southern pines, which to me are representative of primordial male and female shapes, mingle to conjure from amidst our modern life, a vanished, mystical  world, where poets once dreamed of satyrs, nymphs and dryads languishing in flowered groves and temples.

The influence of both the light and landscape of the Mediterranean on these works is undeniable and sets the background for a dialogue with the great colorists who followed Cezanne, namely Matisse, Picasso, Miro and Leger.

See these works installed  in an exhibition in Tuscany

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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:

Interested in Purchasing?

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. We also pack and ship work all over the world.

Current Exhibition

Pastel Journals at the Gallery@CoveCommons on Bowen Island opened on October 28 and continues to November 18, 2018.

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Check back for details or contact us.

News

Just out! Pastel & Pen, a “non-collaborative collaboration” with writer Carol M. Cram has just published. The print and ebook editions are available now from Amazon or at the Gallery @ Cove Commons on Bowen Island as part of the “Pastel Journals” exhibition.

Pastel & Pen is a funny and engaging collection of stories and vignettes that Europe-bound travelers find highly relatable. This “non-collaborative collaboration” pairs Simpson’s art with Cram’s writing in a symbiotic, unplanned way to provide readers with “two ways of seeing.”

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The upcoming publication of THE MILKMAID, a cycle of poems on the famous painting by Vermeer, with collages by Gregg Simpson. To be published in both Dutch and English.

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Barbizon Rocks was just acquired by the Vancouver General Hospital to display in its new Segal Pavillion. This piece is part of the Fontainebleau Series of paintings completed during travels through the Fontainebleau Forest in France. Several more works from this series are still available.

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Coastal Plain is still available from Consignor Canadian Fine Art. The piece is signed and dated 2005 lower right and signed, titled and dated on the reverse. The size is 30 x 34 ins ( 76.2 x 86.4 cms ). Contact them for more purchase options.

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Towards the Channel recently through Zatista.com to a collector in New York. This piece was inspired by Gregg’s travels in Brittany, France. The wonderful rock formations at the Cote de Granite Rose also inspired several more paintings. Click the link to Brittany Landscapes to see more.

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Duende sold through Zatista to a collector in Wisconsin. This piece was inspired by Gregg’s fascination with flamenco dancers developed during a trip to Cordoba and Seville in 2010. The vortex of energies defined by the dancer’s movements led Gregg to create figures that can also be read as ancient goddesses. See a selection of works from the Flamenco series in a slide show.

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Spring in the Forest still available from Contemporary Art at Canadian Consignors

The company 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.

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View His TV Documentary

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

My 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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