A New Arcadia: The Art of Gregg Simpson

A New Arcadia: The Art of Gregg Simpson

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Gregg Simpson is an internationally recognized artist and musician who began his work during the west coast renaissance of the 1960s. This thoughtful documentary reveals how the rain forest in which he grew up influenced his work and how he felt a kinship with the imagery of west coast native artists. It features the new-surrealistic dreamscape paintings for which he was known in the 70s, followed by the cellular organic shapes of later work, the Mediterranean-influenced cloisonnist series of the 1990s and more recent free form abstractions. It also explores the hybrid style that Simpson developed by mixing west coast landscape with the Arcadian worlds of Tuscany and Provence. This innovation culminated in an exhibition of his work in the 14th-century Fortezza di Montalcino in Tuscany during May 2000. Writers, art historians and gallery directors discuss Simpson's place in the Vancouver, Canadian and international art scenes and illuminate the process by which he transmutes the influences of diverse cultures, landscapes and historical art movements.

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