Artist Statement -

I was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1947.My work has evolved from investigations into the links between various techniques of abstraction and surrealism.My paintings and works on paper begin as spontaneous invocations of real or imagined places.

I often synthesize landscape elements into abstract compositions.
Recently, my work has been inspired by travels in France, Spain and Italy.

I endeavour to blend abstraction and figuration to create simulacara which reflect an inner world expressing itself through outward forms.

Artist Exhibitions

The Colour of Dreams, Galeria Arte Borgo, Rome solo
The Colour of Dreams, Galerie Meatanoia, Paris solo

Viaggio Interiore, Spazio 40, Rome group
ARS a Milano, Spaziarti Art Ungallery, Milan group
Spring in Rome, Flyer Gallery, Rome group

Eye Candy duo exhibition with Prienne, Loreta Larkina Gallery, Venice, Italy
Kunst 2015, Gallery Zero, Berlin
Asemic Writing, International Survey Exhibition, The Spiral, Birgu, Malta group

Floral Immersions, with Jeanne Sarich, BIAC Gallery, Bowen Island, BC
Cornucopia collective works with Rik Lina and John Welson, Llianelli Library, Llianelli, Wales,

The Atlantean Years, 1970-1975, Fundacion-Museo Granell, Santiago de Compostela, Spain solo
-Sentinelles, Espace Kaméléon, Paris with Guy Ducornet
-The Luminous Dance, Rouges-en-Verts, Normandy solo

The Atlantean Years, 1970-1975, Museu Dom Dinis, Estremoz, Portugal
-The Atlantean Years, 1970-1975, Museu Regional, Beja, Portugal solo
-Surrealism 2012, Goggle Art Centre, Reading, PA international survey show

Out of the Forest, Evergreen Cultural Centre Gallery, Coquitlam, BC solo

Totems Personelles, Espace Kameleon, Paris solo
-Dream Totems, Colorida Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal solo
-Coast Art Trust Momentum, Leighdon Gallery, Vancouver group
-Cross Connections Four Decades of Contemporary Art in the Pacific Northwest, University of Victoria Maltwood Gallery, Victoria, BC regional survey show

El Umbral Secreto, Museo Salvador Allende, Santiago, also Valparaiso and Talca, Chile international survey show
-Exposiçäo de Surrealismo actual Illuminaçöes Descontinuas, Lagoa, group
-S.A.M. 2009 Chateau d’Auvers, Auvers-sur-l’Oise, France art fair

O contrário do Olhar, Casa de Cultura, Coimbra, Portugal international survey show
-West Coast Mediterranean, The Gallery at Artisan Square, Bowen Island, BC solo
-El Surrealismo como fenómeno colectivo, Museo Granell, Santiago de Compostela, Spain group

Group exhibition, Montserrat Gallery, New York , USA
-Um Postal Para Mario Cesariny, Museu Vermhelho, Estremoz, Portugal international invitational show dedicated to the late Portugues artist, Mario Cesariny

Salzburg Art Fair with Galeria d’arte Gaudi, Madrid, Salzburg, Austria
-Abstractions with Amy Ernst, Carteret Gallery, Morehead City, North Carolina
-Selected Drawings 1976-2006, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC solo

West Coast Surreal, Museo Granell, Santiago de Compostela, Spain group
-Abstractions et Figurations, Château Grimaldi, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France group

Contemporary Surrealism, Galeria Zero, Barcelona, Spain
-Summer Group exhibition, Art-Domain Gallery, Port Andratx, Mallorca

Euloge du petit format, Christiane Puegeot Cultural Center, Paris international survey show
-Selected Works 1999-2003, Bfly Atelier, Vancouver, Canada solo
-Une Nouvelle Arcadie Salle des Artistes, Colomars, France solo
-Una Nuevo Arcadie, Galeria d’Art Zero, Barcelona, Spain solo
-Convergency Art-Domain Gallery, Port Andratx, Mallorca, Spain group
Abstra, Akros Gallery, Bilbao, Spain group

Europ’Art 2002 International Art Fair , Geneva, Switzerland
-Inaugural Exhibition, Grupo Batik Art, Salona Barna, Barcelona, Spain group

Une Nouvelle Arcadie, Aérport Nice-Côte d’Azur, Nice, France solo
-Selected Drawings 1978-1999, Galleria Assioma, Prato, Italy solo
-A New Arcadia, Lichthaus Gallery, Innsbruck, Austria solo

Déssins Selectionées 1978-1999, Salle du Couvent, Seillans, France solo
-Una Nouva Arcadia, paintings and pastels, Fortezza di Montalcino, Italy solo
-Phantoms of Light, digital artpastelspaintings, Studio 10, Vercelli, Italy solo
Continental Drift, Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver group

Binario Vivo Ambiente E Creativita Sulla Strada Ferrata, Vercelli, Italy touring show
-Electrica Mente digital art, Studio 10, Vercelli, Italy group
Maldoror Park, Diversité Surréaliste, Université de Québec, Montréal international survey

Selected Artists, Nicholas Joseph Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA group

il Cielo Contaminato, Salone Dugentesco, Vercelli and Trento, Italy group
-Aprés Miro, Bennett Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC solo
-Le Dessin Automatique 1945-95 Portrieux and Plœuc-sur-Lié, Brittany organized by PHASES, Paris international survey show
-Phases of Desire, CASE Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY group

Le Dessin Automatique 1945-95, College Camille Claudel St.Quay, Brittany
Vancouver 1965-75, Vancouver Art Gallery survey show
-Constellations, Surrealism and Its Affinities Carleton University, Ottawa donation of the collection of Michel P. Christensen

Lyric Landscapes, Richmond Art Gallery solo

1992 Lumière du JourLumière Noir, Galerie Lumière Noir, MontrealQuebec group

Tribal Dynamics Gallery Alpha, West Vancouver solo

Open Cages, Melmoth group, Pitt International Gallery, Vancouver group
-Modern Ghosts, Richmond Art Gallery Richmond, BC solo
-Exposicao Internacional Surrealismo e Pintura Fantástica, Teatro Iberico, Lisbon, Portugal international survey show

West Coast Surrealists, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, BC group

Retrospective 1972-1984, Art Gallery of Algoma Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario solo
-New Art Gallery, Toronto solo
Recent Works, Galerie Surrealiste, Toronto solo
-Mixed Media Works, Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario solo
-Arteder 82, Bilbao, Spain international survey show

Associations, Galerie Surrealiste, Toronto group

On Canvas, Robson Square Media Centre, Vancouver regional survey show
-West Coast Surrealists, Gallery Move, Vancouver solo

West Coast Surrealists Paul Wunderlich, Bayard Gallery, Seattle group
-West Coast Surrealist Group, Hindenberg Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland, USA group
-WashArt ’79,Washington, D.C. art fair
-Other Realities The Legacy of Surrealism in Canadian Art, Agnes Etherington
Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario Canada House, London, UK Centre Culturel
Canadien, Paris -Paperworks B.C. Government Collection, Centre Culturel
Canadien, Paris Canada House, London Can. Cultural Centre, Brussels national survey show

Surrealism Unlimited, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, international survey show

From This Point Of View, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver local survey show
-West Coast Surrealist Group, Gallery Move, North Vancouver

Pacific Rim Consciousness, SFU, Burnaby, BC University of Malaysia group

Canadian West Coast Hermetics Fine Arts Gallery, UBC Centree Culturel Canadien, Paris, Ste. Brieuc, Brittany Canada House, London, UK Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi, Belgium McMaster University McIntosh Gallery, U. Western Ontario group
-Claw Series, Galerie Allen, Vancouver solo

The Private Patron, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby local survey show
-Paintings and Collages, Open Space Gallery, Victoria solo

Vancouver School of Collage, Fine Arts Gallery, UBC local survey show

Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Ontario group
-Colour Optics Burnaby Art Gallery local survey show

Normal Constants, Simon Fraser University solo
-Intermedias, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria group
-Focus ’69, Bau-xi Gallery, Vancouver group
-Three person exhibition, Bau-xi Gallery with Pierre Coupey and Ron Wattier

Spectrum ’68 Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver local survey show

Mandan Company Presents Western Supplies, Bau-xi Gallery, group

Artist Publications

Reviews, Articles, and Magazine Features

2015: A Phala, Sao Paulo, Brazil anthology

2012: Derrame, L'edicion especial hommenage a Cruzeiro Seixas, Santiago, Chile

2011: Caleidoscopio Surrealista, Una visión del surrealismo internacional, Miguel Corrales
-Out of the Woods and into the Mind, catalogue essay by curator, Astrid Heyerdahl

2009: El Umbral Secreto, catalogue from Museo Solidad de Salvador Allende, Santiago

2008: O contrário do Olhar, catalogue from the Casa de Cultura, Coimbra, Portugal

2005: West Coast Surreal, A Canadian Perspective, Museo Granell, Santiago de
Compostela, Spain catalogue essay by Natalia Segarra
-Surrealism and Mediology in English Canada, Université J.V. Picardie, Amiens,
Prof. Yves Laroque

2003: Un Canadien expose Salle des Arts, Nice Matin, Nice, France

2002: Artist Doesn’t Conform To Mold, Artists in Canada feature by Paul Constable.

2001: Highlights im Lichthaus, Tiroliner, Innsbruck, Austria
-Canadian Artist Expose a l'Aeroport de Nice, Le Petit Nicoise, Nice, France
-Essay on the New Arcadia Series, Prof. Antonio Malmo, Accademia Tiberina, Rome,

2000: Driven to Abstraction, feature article by Janet Smith, Georgia Straight, Vancouver
-Gregg Simpson Expose, Dessins Selectionees, Seillans, Var-Matin, France
-A New Arcadia, photo and notices, Italy Daily, "Notebook", International Herald
Tribune , Milan, Italy
-Gregg Simpson at Studio Dieci, L'Informaffare, Notzia Oggi, Vercelli, Italy

1999: Master Painter's Showcase, International Art Magazine, Sydney, Australia

1996: The Idea of Surrealism in English Canada, Yves Laroque, Doctoral Thesis given
at the Sorbonne, Paris

1995: In the Beginning, Jose Pierre, Monograph for Brochure

1995: Feature article for Figurations at the Torres Gallery, Peter Wilson, Vancouver Sun,

1991: Introduction to Tribal Dynamics: Preview Magazine, Mia Johnson

1990: Ann Rosenberg: Gregg Simpson: Tribal Dynamics, Vancouver Sun,

1988: Other Worlds, profile by Alex Varty,Vancouver Magazine,1988

1986: Robert Linsley, review of Modern Ghosts, Richmond Art Gallery, Vanguard,
-Jill Pollack, review of Modern Ghosts, Richmond Art Gallery, The Courier,
-Aristede Gazetas: review of Modern Ghosts. The Richmond Times

1985: Carol M. Cram: Gregg Simpson: Works of Excavation Transference, Feature
Article: Terzoocchio, Bologna, Italy
Carol M. Cram: The New Mythologies Inner Landscapes West Coast Surrealists
Revisited, Feature Article: Vie Des Arts Magazine, Montreal

1984: Preview for 12 Year Retrospective: Art Gallery of Algoma: The Sault Star, Ontario

1982: Elisabeth Topp: Gregg Simpson at Galerie Surrealiste, ArtMagazine, Toronto,

1980: Scott MacKillop: West Coast Surrealists at the Move Gallery: ArtMagazine, Toronto

1980: Jose Pierre: Surrealism in Canada, Universite Rabelais de Tours, France

1976: Mati Lansoo: Gregg Simpson: A Profile: Vancouver Magazine, Vancouver,

1973: Joan Lowndes: Simpson's Surrealistic Claws Crescent Moons of Atlantis: Vancouver Province,

1971: Joan Lowndes: A True Child of the InterMedia: Surrealist Has Desert Mission, Feature Article, Vancouver Sun

Books and Catalogues

2013: Open Letter, Surrealism in Canada, Gregory Betts, Brock University Press

1999: Superiore Inconnu, edited by Sarane Alexandrian, feature page with photo,

1998: Dizionario Antologico e Critico Di Poeti, scrittori e artisti italiani contemporanei,
edizioni Tigullio- Bacherontius

1997: Il Volo Di Icaro Utopia, tra sogno e realta quotidiana, Edizioni Tigullio-acherontius,
Vercelli Italy

1994: Constellations, Surrealism and Its Affinities, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa

1986: Open Cages : Catalogue for Group Exhibition at Pitt International Gallery, Melmoth
Publications, June, 1986

1985: West Coast Surrealists: Catalogue for Group Exhibition at Simon Fraser University,
Burnaby, BC

1984: Catalogue for Exposicao Internacional Surrealismo e Pintura Fant�stica, Teatro
Iberico, Lisbon, Portugal

1983: Contemporary Canadian Art, by Dr. David Burnett: Edmonton
l'Univers Surrealiste, by Jose Pierre: Editions Somogy, Paris

1982: Arteder 82 catalogue for international art fair, Bilbao, Spain

1979: Catalogues for: Paperworks: BC Government Collection, Victoria, BC
Other Realities, The Legacy of Surrealism in Canadian Art: Agnes Etherington Art,
Centre, Kingston,Ontario

1977: Catalogue: From This Point of View, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

1973: Catalogue for Canadian West Coast Hermetics, Talon Press, Vancouver

1972: Canadian Artists in Exhibition, Volume 2, Roundstone Press, Toronto

1971: The Vancouver School of Collage, University of B.C.Fine Arts Gallery, Intermedia Press

Publications by the Artist

2008: Classic Mode, A Reverie, New Arcadia Publishing, Bowen island
1999: Disquieting day in an Underground Forest, frottage novel,Condition West Press, North Vancouver
1995: In the Beginning: Selected Works: 1990-1995, Color brochure
1983: 4-Series, color brochure of works from 1972-1982
1980: Earth and Sky Changes: drawings from 1967, Derwydon Press, Vancouver
1979: West Coast Surrealist Group, feature article: Terzo Occhio, Bologna, Italy
1978: Luminous Desires, collected writings from 1968-71, Derwydon Press, Kingston, Ontario
1973: Saturated Scenes, collage novel Intermedia Press, Vancouver
1970-76: Lodgisticks periodical co-editor, Kingston Vancouver
1970: Splendour Solis, art supplement, Georgia Straight, Vancouver
Triumph of the Surreal essay Georgia Straight, Vancouver
1968: Household Words collages, blewointment press, Vancouver
1967: Apocolips collages with poetry by Scott Lawrance, blewointment press, Vancouver ...

Artist Collections

Evergreen Cultural Centre Gallery, Coquitlam, BC
Museo Solidad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Museu Dom Dinis, Estrmoz, Portugal
Fundacion Eugenio Granell, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Lord Eastleigh Foundation, Antwerp, Belgium
Vancouver Art Gallery , Vancouver, BC
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa , Ontario
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario
Carleton University Art Gallery; Ottawa
British Columbia Government Collection, Victoria, BC
City of Vancouver Collection, Vancouver
Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Phases Movement, Edouard Jaguer, Paris
Michel P.Christensen, Toronto
Christian Petroleum Company, Vancouver
Zentel Corporation, Calgary
InterPro Contractors, Vancouver
Frank Lo, Lo Kit Loon, Hong Kong
Several other private collections in Canada, USA, Europe,
the UK, Hong Kong, and Korea.

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