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 – West Coast Mediterranean

Featured this week is a collection of works that combine the forms of the west coast landscape with the colour and light of the Mediterranean. Simpson travels frequently to France, Spain, and Italy where he exhibits his work and gains inspiration from the landscape and culture to bring back to his studio on Bowen Island on the west coast of Canada. For more information or to purchase a work, click West Coast Mediterranean

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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.


Coastal_PlainCoastal Plain is on auction from September 13 to September 20 with 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 ). Here’s a great opportunity to acquire one of Gregg’s works inspired by moving to his new home on Bowen Island in 2005.


Towards the Channel just sold through Zatista 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.

DuendeDuende 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.


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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