David Simpson

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Simpson has explored varieties of abstraction since the early 1950s, enjoying acknowledgement and success in the art world. In 1963 he was chosen by New York’s Museum of Modern Art curator, Dorothy Miller, to appear in what turned out to be the last in her legendary series of group shows of contemporary American art. (Reinhardt was another painter included.) And in 1964 he appeared in Clement Greenberg’s famous exhibition Post Painterly Abstraction at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. At that time Simpson painted landscape-derived abstractions and, in the 70s, he practiced a reductive but relational mode of abstraction. But with his discovery of a new acrylic medium in 1987, he was able to embrace finally and successfully the monochrome’s radicality.

Simpson uses an acrylic paint with interference properties. The paint is composed of titanium dioxide electronically coated with mica particles. Simpson tends to mix complementaries, but admits that orange and blue also work together well. He also mixes black acrylic with the interference pigments, finding that a little bit of black helps the colour jump out. Interference pigments cause optical effects that are comparable to iridescence. When you look at the painting from one angle, you receive one set of colour sensations. When you shift your position, you get another. As you move back and forth in front of the canvas – and the paintings make you want to do so – the experience changes. The change of light also dramatically affects the optical experience, and the play of light across the canvas surface is subtly kinetic.
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Works on canvas

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Works on canvas


  • L'Orange #2, 2006

    acrylic on canvas
    15 x 15 cm


  • Ryder 6, 1995

    acrylic on canvas
    15 x 15 cm


  • Orange, 2006

    acrylic on canvas
    15 x 15 cm


  • DOT, 2005

    acrylic on canvas
    15 x 15 cm


  • Blue Dreamer, 2013


  • Blue Plum, 2012

    acrylic on canvas
    86 x 86 cm


  • I.P.A., 2011

    acrylic on canvas
    86 x 86 x 5 cm


  • Indigo Trail, 2013

    acrylic on canvas
    86 x 86 cm


  • Daylight Hours, 1998

    acrylic on canvas
    154 x 154 cm


  • Lavender Jace, 2003

    acrylic on canvas
    154 x 154 cm


  • Swing Shift Red, 1995

    acrylic on canvas
    154 x 154 cm


  • C-Sharp, 2005

    acrylic on canvas
    152,2 x 152,2 cm


  • Dream world, 2011

    acrylic on canvas
    169 x 169 cm


  • Above and Below, 2011

    acrylic on canvas
    169 x 169 cm


  • Hidden Assets, 2011

    acrylic on canvas
    169 x 169 cm


  • Red violet shift, 2005

    acrylic on canvas
    167,5 x 167,6 cm


  • Eccentric polyplane #7, 1984

    acrylic on canvas on wood
    30 x 30,2 x 5 cm


  • Tri-square VII - converted - 0327S, 1986

    acrylic on canvas on wood
    38 x 57 x 5 cm


  • Eccentric monoplane: red shift - 0326S, 1984

    acrylic on canvas on wood
    37 x 46 x 4,5 cm


  • Eccentric polyplane #6, 1984

    acrylic on canvas on wood
    45 x 45,5 x 5 cm

Installations