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Abstract Surrealism

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Gregg Simpson

Abstract Surrealism

Gregg Simpson – A prolific and critically recognized artist and musician, Gregg Simpson has exhibited his paintings, drawings, and works on paper throughout Canada, the US, Europe, South America and Asia. His work is included in several academic studies, art history books and journals published in Canada, Europe, and Australia and has been exhibited in several historical surveys on surrealism and abstraction. His studio is on Bowen Island, BC, near Vancouver. Simpson is included in several museum, university and other public collections in Canada, Europe, U.S.A. , South America and Asia.

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.

Simpson says, "My work involved an evolution through aspects of surrealism and abstraction. I began in the 60s 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."

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