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David Simpson

(B. 1928)
California abstract painter David Simpson has been revered as an artist and teacher in both the US and Europe since the 1950s. From early successes—his work was included in Clement Greenberg’s LA County Museum of Art’s exhibition, Post Painterly Abstraction, along with work by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Ellsworth Kelly—to the present day, his paintings have always challenged the very basic form of painting and the possibilities of pure abstract expression.

Since 1990, he has painted mostly monochromatic work that hovers in an almost alchemical realm. Using interference paints, composed of titanium dioxide electronically coated with mica particles, Simpson creates nuanced, mercurial paintings on smooth and active surfaces. The particles of mica act as tiny mirrors, reflecting light back and forth in ever more complicated patterns. The results transcend the very notion of paintings, as they play with the medium of light itself to create the monochromatic shift of color.