Gregg Simpson

Gregg Simpson

Bowen Island, BC, Canada

About Gregg Simpson

I am an abstract/landscape painter living on Bowen Island near Vancouver, BC. I use paint to discover and uncover organic forms, sometimes stylized and dynamic, sometimes loose and subtle. As you'll see in the collections on this website, my work draws upon traditions common to surrealism and abstract expressionism.

A lot of my inspiration comes while traveling and absorbing other cultures and landscapes, particularly those of France and Italy.

As the son of an architect who instilled in me a love of modernist art and architecture, I'm also inspired by painters such as Picasso, Miro and Max Ernst. My work is included in public and private collections worldwide and I have exhibited throughout Europe and in Canada, the United States, Asia, and South America.

For a great overview of my career, check out the BRAVO TV documentary: A New Arcadia, The Art of Gregg Simpson at

You can also check out more information about my work and see more paintings and drawing on my website:


Art classes and art school in Vancouver got me started and since then, I look at a great deal of art by great painters--in books and in museums and galleries. I'm always learning and absorbing new ways of seeing and of using paint to uncover imagery inspired both by nature and evoked by my imagination.


Upcoming Book Launch

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Surrealism Beyond Borders, exhibition and book. Sept, 2021 (survey show)
Tate Modern, London, UK (same exhibition as above)

MO C.A. Gallery, Rome, Italy, October, 2021 (solo)

Padua Art Fair, Padua, Italy, November

Recent Exhibitions:
Pocket Art Studio, Rome, April, 2021
Group show, Bellman Gallery, Stockholm, 2020
Exhibition at Guangzhou, China, in Spring 2019 (email me at for details).
Solo Exhibition of "Dream Gardens" at the Salle du Couvent in Seillans, France: June 18 to June 30, 2019
Group Exhibition at the Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena in Aguilas, Spain: July 5 to 31, 2019.

My work is sold at auction in Toronto by Canadian Consignors


Group show, Bellman Gallery, Stockholm, 2020
Exhibition at Guangzhou, China, in Spring 2019
Dream Gardens, Salle du Couvent in Seillans, France: June 18 to June 30, 2019 (solo)
2018: Artifact Gallery, New York (solo)
Adelinda Allegretti Studio Gallery, Gualdo Tadino, Umbria, Italy (solo)
2017: Color of Dreams, Arte Borgo Gallery, Rome (solo)
2016: Flyer Art Gallery, Rome; Spaziart Gallery, Milan
2015: Duo and group shows: Venice and Berlin
2014: Cornucopia (collective works with Rik Lina & John Welson), Wales
2013: Espace Kameleon, Paris; Rouges-en-vert, Normandy
2012-13: The Atlantean Years: 1970-1975, toured Portugal & solo exhibition at Fundacion-Museo Granell, Santiago de Compostela (solo)
2010: Galeria Colorida, Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
2009: Umbral Secreto,Ecuentro Internacional de Surrealismo Actual, Museo Soledad Salvador Allende, Santiago, toured to Valpraiso and Talca, Chile in 2010
-Exposiçäo de Surrealismo actual Illuminaçöes Descontinuas, Convento de S. Jose, Lagoa, Portugal (group); S.A.M. 2009, Salle de l'Orangerie, Chateau d'Auvers, Auvers-sur-l'Oise, France (group)
2008: El Surrealismo como fenómeno colectivo, Museo Granell, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (group)
-Reverso Do Olhar: Exposiçâo Internacional de Surréalismo Actual, Casa da Cultura, Coimbra, Portugal
2007: Museu Vermhello, Estremoz,Portugal -Montserrat Gallery, New York
2006: Salzburg Art Fair and Vigo Art Fair (with Galleria Gaudi, Madrid)
2005: Abstraction set Figurations, Maison des Artistes, Cagnes-sur-mer, France
West Coast Surreal, Fundacion-Museo Granell, Santiago de Compostela
2003: Selected Works, 1999-2003, Bfly Atelier, Vancouver (solo)
-Euloge du petit format, Christiane Puegeot Cultural Center, Paris
-Un Arcdaia Nuevo, Galeria Zero, Barcelona, (solo)
-Une Nouvelle Arcadie, Salle des Arts, Colomars, France (solo)
2001: Une Nouvelle Arcadie, Centre d'Affaires, Aeroport Nice Cote d Azur, Nice, France; Selected Drawings, Galleria Assioma, Prato, Italy; A New Arcadia, Ontario Light and Art Gallery, Innsbruck, Austria.
2000: Selected Drawings, 1978-1999 Salle du Couvent, Seillans, France; Una Nouva Arcadie, The Fortezza di Montalcino, Montalcino, Italy; Phantoms of Light, Studio Dieci, Vercelli, Italy
1999: Continental Drift, Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver
1998: Electrica Mente (digital art), Studio 10, Vercelli, Italy; Maldoror Park, Diversité Surréaliste, Université de Québec, Montréal University, Burnaby, BC
1995: Figurations, Torres Gallery, Vancouver; Vancouver, 1965-1975, Vancouver Art Gallery
1994: Classic Mode, (photography) Montgomery Fine Arts, Vancouver
1993: Lyric Landscapes, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC (solo)
1986: Modern Ghosts, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC (solo)
1984: 12-Year Retrospective, Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; Paintings from the 1980's, New Art Gallery, Toronto (solo)
1982: Galerie Surrealiste, Toronto; Mixed Media Works, Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario (solo)
1981: Cellular Mosaics Gallery Move, Vancouver; (solo) Paintings and mixed media, Music Gallery, Toronto.
1979: A Survey of Paintings, Gallery Move, North Vancouver; West Coast Surrealists & Paul Wunderlich: Bayard Gallery, Seattle, Wash., USA; West Coast Surrealist Group, Hindenberg Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland; WashArt ‘79, Pyramid Gallery, Washington, DC
1978: Helix Series, Gallery Move, Vancouver, BC; Surrealism Unlimited, Conroy Maddox and Friends, Camden Arts Centre, London, England; Other Realities: The Legacy of Surrealism in Canadian Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario; Canada House, London, Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris, France
1976: From This Point of View, Vancouver Art Gallery
1973-74: Canadian West Coast Hermetics, The Metaphysical Landscape, UBC Fine Arts Gallery; Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris; Palais des Beaux Arts, Charleroi, Belgium; Canada House, London, UK; McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario; McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario