Born in Ottawa in 1947, Bowen Island artist, Gregg Simpson, has been active in visual art, music, video and multi-media performances since the mid-1960s. He was instrumental in the early developments in Vancouver’s 1960s “golden age” of multi-media, such as the Sound Gallery and Intermedia.
His work has been exhibited and published in museums and galleries in Canada, the U.S., Italy, France, England, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Chile Australia and Malaysia and is included in over 100 private and public collections internationally.
The west coast rain forest 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.
Simpson’s work has been written about and studied in several art journals, history books and academic studies at several major institutions including the Sorbonne in Paris, the Université Rabelais de Tours, and the Accademia Tiberina in Rome.
The artist’s work has evolved from the collages and Pop-influenced paintings of the 1960s, through the neo-Surrealism of the 1970’s to an organic abstraction in the 1980’s and works based in both landscape and the figure during the last thirty years.
In Paris, his work has been exhibited and published by two renowned art historians who were both colleagues of the Surrealist Group’s founder, André Breton. The first, José Pierre, included the artist in his landmark book, L’Univers Surréaliste, (Editions Somogy,1983) and in 1999, Sarane Alexandrian put Simpson’s work in his periodical, Supériore Inconnu.
In May 2000 the artist exhibited at the Fortezza di Montalcino, a 14th Century castle in Tuscany, the subject of a BRAVO TV documentary in 2003, A New Arcadia, The Art of Gregg Simpson, which is now on YouTube:
His work has recently been included in the permanent collections of museums in Spain, Portugal and Chile. Since 2015 he has been exhibiting in Berlin, Paris and extensively in Italy including Rome, Milan, and Venice.
More videos of his various shows are at http://www.greggsimpson.com/Videos.html
Personal Website: http://www.greggsimpson.com
Represented by Coastal Patterns Gallery, Bowen Island: http://www.coastalpatternsgallery.com
West Coast Mediterranean