My work is on the border between abstraction and surrealism, formal design and automatism. I begin a work very spontaneously, often with the canvas lying on the ground and soaked with water to make the colors flow. Then I proceed to re-draw and mold the shapes, alternately adding and removing layers of paint to reveal the implicit imagery. Ultimately, the painting tells me … [Read more...]
About Gregg Simpson
Born in Ottawa in 1947, Bowen Island artist Gregg Simpson has been active in visual art and music since the mid-1960s.
The west coast rainforest where he grew up and lives today is always an underlying factor in Simpson’s work, alternating with influences derived from European art, especially surrealism and lyric abstraction.
The artist’s work has evolved from the collages and Pop-influenced paintings of the 1960s, through neo-Surrealism in the 1970s to an organic abstraction in the 1980s and works based in both landscape and the figure during the last thirty years.
In 2015 and 2017 he exhibited in Berlin, Venice, Milan, Rome, and Paris in solo and select group shows. In April 2018 he will have a solo exhibition in New York.
Visit him at www.greggsimpson.com.