MICHAEL LARRY SIMPSON
Michael Larry Simpson’s long-held preoccupation with multi-panel constructions continues with a collection featuring a new palette; cooler colors, chalkier finishes and more translucent surfaces. These luminous, richly pigmented works merge Color Field Minimalism with the sensual, organic nature of Abstract Expressionism and the exploration of imperfection and unexpected outcomes of the New Casualist Movement of Brooklyn. They are amalgamations of the artist’s everyday purview and past influences filtered through a deep desire to combine sublime beauty and discordance.
Each panel section is an individual painting on which oil paint and stain are mixed directly onto raw wood creating nuanced layers of color and texture that mingle with the natural grain of the wood. The artist “plays” intuitively without expectation or intent. However, the final constructions are made by a series of complex decisions to create a chemistry between these colors and textures that transform into an undivided work.
Simpson studied Art and Art History at the College of William and Mary and continued his art education in New York City at The Art Students League and School of Visual Arts as he pursued a career in creative fine fragrance. He lived in Amsterdam and London for several years where he studied painting, drawing and sculpture. Simpson and his wife, Ellen, relocated to Hillsdale NY after raising their family in Ridgewood NJ, and opened a studio/gallery in Hudson NY that shows his work alongside other emerging and mid-career artists and artisans from the Hudson Valley. He recently launched an indie fragrance brand, OK Fine Fragrances, and is an Appalachian Old Time fiddle and banjo player. He can often be found playing his Seeders open-back banjo in Hudson and loves when friends stop by for an impromptu jam.