Gregg Simpson’s 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 – Paysages – Fontainebleau Forest
This week, we’re featuring works from the Paysages – Fontainbleau Series from the Landscapes category. Works in this series were inspired by Gregg’s travels to the Fontainebleau Forest near Paris. The landscape includes strange rock formations and was also the home of the Barbizon School of painters that included Millet and Rousseau.
Check back every week to view a new series of paintings, drawings, and works on paper in a wide range of subjects and styles. 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.
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.