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.
Installation below in the Fortezza di Montalcino, Tuscany, May 2000
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.
Free Floaters canvases and mixed media on paper, 2016-2018
View the BRAVO TV Documentary
Gregg Simpson work and career are the subject of a 2003 BRAVO TV Documentary entitled A New Arcadia: The Art of Gregg Simpson
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
- Pastels: France/Italy 1995-1999
SHADOW TALK: ink drawings, Artifact Gallery, New York, April 4-18, 2018
LOST WORLDS, canvases and works on paper, Adelinda Allegretti Studio Gallery, Gualdo Tadino, Umbria, Italy, May 3-31, 2018
Pastel Journals at the Gallery@CoveCommons on Bowen Island opened on October 28 and continues to November 18, 2018.
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.”
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.
Recent Purchases and Donations
Lake Near the Palace, oil on canvas, 39″ x 53.5″,1998 sold to a collector in Nebraska through Saatchi Art.
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.
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. (Towards the Channel, oil on canvas,38″ x 54″, 1997)
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.
Escalier sold in auction in 2017 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.
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.
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