Gregg Simpson

Gregg Simpson

Location: Canada

Born in Ottawa in 1947, Simpson’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Canada, the U.S., France, England, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Malaysia, and South America. His works are included in over 100 private and public international collections. He has been included in several major art history books, survey shows and academic studies around the world.

Simpson works in the tradition of abstract surrealism, producing canvases, drawings, mixed media and photography. His exhibition in a castle in Tuscany was the subject of a BRAVO TV documentary, broadcast across Canada in 2003, entitled A New Arcadia, The Art of Gregg Simpson, which can be seen at From 2015 to 2018, Simpson has exhibited in New York, Rome, Paris, Milan, Berlin and Venice in solo and group exhibitions.


West Coast Mediterranean

Landscapes made from a combination of imagery from the artist's west coast environment and
the influence of the south of France where he frequently works and exhibits.

Coast Pattern One “Coast Pattern One”

Only prints available of this work.

Coast Pattern 2 “Coast Pattern 2”

oil on linen, 20" x 16" 2008

Coast Pattern 3 “Coast Pattern 3”

oil on linen, 20" x 16" 2008

Coast Pattern 4 “Coast Pattern 4”

oil on linen, 20" x 16" 2008

Twilight Forms “Twilight Forms”

oil on canvas, 36" x 48" 2006

Recent Figurations

Works which incorporate surrealistic elements from the human figure to abstracted totemic forms.

Nude With Columns “Nude With Columns”

acrylic on canvas 54.5" x 56", 2009

Avenging Angel “Avenging Angel”

acrylic on canvas 54.5" x 56" 2009

Little Devil “Little Devil”

acrylic on canvas 30" x 30" 2009

The Wizard “The Wizard”

acrylic on canvas 48" x 41" 2009

Fertility Dancers “Fertility Dancers”

oil on canvas 64" x 54" 2000

Dinner With Tristan “Dinner With Tristan”

oil on canvas 5' x 5.5' 2001

Couplings “Couplings”

oil on canvas 46" x 36" 2004

Lyric Abstracts

"My work is on the border between abstraction and surrealism, formal design and automatism. I continue to use mark making as my basic tool, as a technique to liberbate the mind and evoke universal archetypes.

I begin a work very spontaneously, often with the canvas lying on the ground and soaked with water to make the colours flow. Then I proceed through a series of re-drawing, shape making, and building layers, using the inner eye to determine a final result, which may, or may not, correspond to something in nature. These paintings are improvised to a great degree. The final result is a network of forms made directly from the application of paint, or if I use acrylic, its removal using a garden hose.

These may evolve into a lyrical, atmospheric work, or one where formal structures of design suggest the figure, the landscape, or even still life, but re-interpreted into a purely imaginative realm, a personal, yet universal, world of forms whose meaning changes with each viewer."

Blue Mosaic “Blue Mosaic”

oil on canvas 5.5' x 7' 1999

Off the Map “Off the Map”

oil on canvas 65.5" x 55" 2003

Autumn Blue “Autumn Blue”

acrylic on canvas 4' x 4.5' 2004

Fragments “Fragments”

oil on canvas, 26" x 20", 2005

 In the South “ In the South”

oil on canvas 37" x 29.5" 2003

Figurated Forest “Figurated Forest”

acrylic on canvas, 6' x 5.5' 1994

Paths of Light “Paths of Light”

acrylic on canvas 57.5" x 44.5" 1998

 Blue Cascade “ Blue Cascade”

acrylic on canvas, 5' x 8' 1998


Landscapes of France: Brittany, Fontainebleau Forest, and Provence.

  Field Near Mt. Ste.Victoire “ Field Near Mt. Ste.Victoire”

oil on canvas 4.5' x 3.5' 1997

Impressions of the Fontainebleau Forest “Impressions of the Fontainebleau Forest”

acrylic on canvas 3'5" x 4'6" 1997

Balanced Passage “Balanced Passage”

oil on canvas 42" x 32.5" 1997

Home of Cezanne “Home of Cezanne”

pastel on paper, 40" x 32" (framed)

Perche Mode

A series done at Rouges-en-Verts, studio/gallery in the Perche region of Normandy