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. Shipping costs within North America are included in the purchase price of all works on this site.
Series of the Week – Eye Candy
Featured this week is a compelling series of paintings collectively called Eye Candy–a gently ironic poke at the dismissal of any painting that celebrates aesthetic beauty. The paintings in this series have been exhibited in Berlin, Venice, Rome, and Paris, and will shortly be featured at the Adelinda Allegretti Gallery in Gualdo Tadino, Umbria. Check out Eye Candy for the full selection.
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:
- Flamenco Sketches
- West Coast Mediterranean
- Fontainbleau Forest Series
- Waterfall Series
- Meditations on Modernism
- Lyric Abstracts
- Cloissonnist Abstracts
- Free Floaters
- Pastels: France/Italy 1995-1999
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.
Upcoming Exhibitions – 2018
Three solo exhibitions of Gregg Simpson’s work are scheduled for 2018 – “Shadow Talk” in New York in April; The Colour of Dreams in Umbria, Italy, in May; and Pastel and Pen at the Cove Commons on Bowen Island in October. Check back for details or contact us.
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.
Coastal Plain was 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 ). The piece is still with Consignor Canadian Fine Art — contact them for more purchase options.
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.
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.
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
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.