Location: United States
His chosen genre is Fantastic Realism. Rick’s work is primarily intuitive, characterized by innovation and experimentation. He invents and portrays imaginary objects and characters not seen in reality. Rick received his Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking at the University of Oregon, where he taught lithography for three years. His work is greatly influenced by a 12-year residence in Germany and many later journeys around Europe, The Middle East and Asia. Rick has been creating digital painting for more than 25 years. He belongs to several international digital artists groups, including the Society for Art of Imagination and the Museum of Computer Art in NYC.
All great art is the inspiration of an artist’s knowledge and emotion. It breathes life into ink, paper and other media. Without it, art ceases to be anything more than pure decoration. Aesthetic, emotional or spiritual value derived from art results from self-discovery. This is the true nature of Rick Simpson’s art; it embodies the essence of this philosophy. His unique work has been widely recognized internationally by well-regarded artists’ groups. His chosen genre is Fantastic Realism. In the immortal words of Gustav Klimt: “Whoever wishes to know something about me, should look at my pictures attentively and try from them to recognize what I am and what I intend.”
Rick’s work is primarily intuitive, characterized by innovation and experimentation. He invents and portrays imaginary objects and characters not seen in reality. He draws from his subconscious to express himself in dreamlike images emerging from a stream of consciousness. The resulting works contrast images of fantasy and beauty, darkness and humor. The individual viewer’s vision, imagination, and experiences shape the final interpretation of each image.