GREGG SIMPSON         - Canada







Born: Ottawa, 1947. Grew up on the west coast.

Private lessons with Charles Stegman, West Vancouver, BC, 1963
Vancouver School of Art (1963-67)
University of British Columbia. (1964-65)

Selected Exhibitions


 Shadow Talk, Artifact Gallery, New York (solo)
 and Lost Worlds, Adelinda Allegrtti Studio/Gallery, Gualdo Tadino, Italy, (solo).


The Colour of Dreams, Arte Borgo, Rome and Galerie Metanoia, 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)

Cornucopia (collective works with Rik Lina and John Welson), Llianelli Library, Llianelli, Wales, UK

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)
2009: El Umbral Secreto, Museo Salvador Allende, Santiago, also Valparaiso and Talca, Chile (international survey show)
-Exposiçäo de Surrealismo actual Illuminaçöes Descontinuas, Lagoa, Portugal (touring international group show)
-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)
-A New Arcadia, paintings and pastels, Fortezza di Montalcino, Italy (solo)
-Phantoms of Light, digital art/pastels/paintings, 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)
-Dessin Automatique 1945-95 College Camille Claudel; St.Quay Portrieux
and Plœuc-sur-Lié, Brittany (organized by PHASES, Paris) (international survey show)
-Phases of Desire, CASE Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (group)

Vancouver: 1965-75, Vancouver Art Gallery (group)
-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 Jour/Lumière Noir, Galerie Lumière Noir, Montreal/Quebec (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)

Academic Studies

2005: Surrealism and Mediology in English Canada, Université J.V. Picardie, Amiens,
          Prof. Yves Laroque
2001: Essay on the New Arcadia Series, Prof. Antonio Malmo, Accademia Tiberina, Rome, Italy
1996: The Idea of Surrealism in English Canada, Prof. Yves Laroque, Sorbonne, Paris
1981: José Pierre: Surrealism in Canada, Université Rabelais de Tours, France

Books, Periodicals, Reviews, Catalogues

2013: Open Letter, Surrealism in Canada, Gregory Betts, Brock University Press
        - Gregg Simpson, The Atlantean Years: 1970-1975, Museu D. Dinis, Estremoz, Portugal
      - Gregg Simpson, The Atlantean Years: 1970-1975, Museu Regional de Beja, Portugal
2012: Derrame, L'edicion especial hommenage a Cruzeiro Seixas, Santiago, Chile
2011: Caleidoscopio Surrealista, Una visión del surrealismo internacional-1919/2011,
          Miguel Corrales, Spain
        -Out of the Woods, catalogue essay by Astrid Heyerdahl, Evergreen Cultural Centre
2010: Momentum, catalogue, Coast Art Trust, Vancouver
2009: El Umbral Secreto, catalogue, Museo Solidad de Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile
2008: O contrário do Olhar, catalogue, Casa de Cultura, Coimbra, Portugal
2007: Um Postal Para Mario Cesariny, catalogue, Museu D. Dinis, Estremoz, Portugal
2005: West Coast Surreal, A Canadian Perspective, Museo Granell, Santiago de
          Compostela, Spain (catalogue essay by the director, Natalia Segarra)
2003: Un Canadien expose Salle des Arts, Nice Matin, Nice, France
2001: Highlights im Lichthaus, Tiroliner, Innsbruck, Austria
          Canadian Artist Expose a l'Aeroport de Nice, Le Petit Nicoise, Nice, France
2000: Janet Smith, Driven to Abstraction, The Georgia Straight, Vancouver
          Gregg Simpson Expose, review of Dessins Selectionées, Seillans, Var-Matin,
          A New Arcadia, photo and notices, International Herald Tribune, Milan, Italy.
          Gregg Simpson at Studio Dieci, L'Informaffare, Notzia Oggi, Vercelli, Italy
1999: Superiore Inconnu (feature page) edited by Sarane Alexandrian, Paris
        -Master Painters Showcase, International Artist magazine, Sydney, Australia
        -Dizionario Antologico e Critico Di Poeti, scrittori e artisti italiani
          contemporanei, edizioni Tigullio- Bacherontius, Turin, Italy
1997: Il Volo Di Icaro Utopia, tra sogno e realta quotidiana, Turin, Italy
1995: José Pierre: In the Beginning – essay, Paris , 1995
1994: Constellations, Surrealism and Its Affinities, Carleton University (catalogue)
1991: Ann Rosenberg, Feature review: Tribal Dynamics, Vancouver Sun
1986: Robert Linsley, review of Modern Ghosts, Vanguard Magazine, Vancouver
1985: Carol M. Cram, Gregg Simpson: Works of Excavation & Transference, feature
          article in Terzoochio Magazine, Bologna, Italy.
          Carol M. Cram: New Mythologies/Inner Landscapes: West Coast Surrealists
          Revisited, feature article: Vie Des Arts Magazine, Montreal
1983: José Pierre: L’Univers Surréaliste: Editions Somogy, Paris, France
          -Dr. David Burnett and Marilyn Schiff, Contemporary Canadian Painting, Hurtig, Edmonton
1982: Elisabeth Topp: Gregg Simpson at Galerie Surrealiste, artmagazine, Toronto
1980: Scott MacKillop: West Coast Surrealists: feature review, Artmagazine, Toronto
1979: Natalie Luckyj: Other Realities, The Legacy of Surrealism in Canadian Art
          (Catalogue essay, Queens University Press)
1978: Surrealism Unlimited, catalogue, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
1973: Joan Lowndes: Simpson’s Surrealistic Claws and Crescent Moons of Atlantis,
          feature article, Vancouver Sun.
1972: Canadian Artists in Exhibition, Volume 2, Roundstone Press, Toronto
1971: Joan Lowndes: Surrealist Has Desert Mission: feature article, Vancouver Sun

Museo-Fundacion Eugenio Granell, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Lord Eastleigh Foundation, Monaco
National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile
Museu Dom Dinis, Estrmoz, Portugal
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Evergreen Cultural Centre Gallery, Coquitlam, BC
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Carleton University Art Gallery; Ottawa
BC Government Collection, Victoria, BC
City of Vancouver Collection, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, BC.


Canada Council Travel Grant for solo exhibitions in Spain and France
Diplôme d’Honneur, Associations des Artistes de Colomars, Colomars, France

Made an Academicien Correspondant, Accademia Internazionale Greci Mariono, Vercelli, Italy.
-Department. of Foreign Affairs and International Trade grant for solo exhibitions in France and Italy.

Department. of Foreign Affairs and International Trade grant for solo exhibitions in France and Italy

Canada Council Short Term Grant: Video

Canada Council Materials Grant: Painting

Canada Council Arts Bursary: Painting & Research in Europe

Canada Council Short Term Grant: Painting


2005: CBC Radio feature on exhibitions in Europe
2003: A New Arcadia, the Art of Gregg Simpson, Fountain Productions for Bravo TV


2004: FIFA 2004, McCord Museum, Montreal
          PLAY III 2004, Museo de Arte Ángel M. De Rosa, Junìn, Buenos Aires, Argentina
        Biennale Internaionale di Ferrara, 2004, Castello Estense Ferrara, Italy
1984: Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (solo)
1977: From This Point of View, Vancouver Art Gallery (group)
1976: Video From Kitsilano, Image Forum, Tokyo, Japan (group)
1975: CAYC International Video Exhibition, Museo d’Arte Moderna, Caracas, Venezuela.
        -Vehicule Ltd., Montreal, (group)
          Artons, Calgary, (group)
1974: Video Bag, Burnaby Art Gallery (group)


2004   West Coast Surreal: A Canadian Perspective, Fundacion Granell, Santiago de
            Compostela, Spain
Abstract Figuration, Musee Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Framce
1996    Pnina Granirer 1957-97, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1991    Fertility Rites, Gallery Alpha, West Vancouver (group)
   Fantastic Visions, Gallery Alpha (group); Rainforests of the Mind,
Gallery Alpha; Geometric Expressionism (group)
1989:    Western Patterns, Sinclair Centre, Vancouver (group)
1979    Four Photo/Process Artists, Gallery Move, North Vancouver
1973    Canadian West Coast Hermetics, The Metaphysical Landscape (with Alvin Balkind) UBC Fine Arts Gallery; Centre Culturel, Paris; Canada House, London, UK; St.Brieuc, Brittany; McMaster University, Hamilton; University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.