David Simpson  (American, 1928) 

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David Simpson (American, b.1928) is an Abstract painter. Born in Pasadena, CA, he currently resides in Berkeley, CA, where he was a professor of art at the University of California, Berkeley. Simpson received a BFA from the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA, in 1956, and a MFA from San Francisco State College in San Francisco in 1958.

In 1958, he also had his first exhibit at the San Francisco Art Association Gallery. Working with acrylics on canvas, Simpson's work shows influences of early abstractionists such as Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872–1944) and Mark Rothko (Russian-American, 1903–1970). Though Abstractionism was replaced by Conceptualism and Performance Art, and then brought back into fashion by Postmodernism, Simpson has never wandered away from it. His most famous works include Four Square Pedro and Quatro Camino, and he is also well-known for his Vertical Series (1973).

Simpson’s work has been exhibited at solo shows in galleries such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Haines Gallery in San Francisco, CA, Galerie Lausberg in Düsseldorf, Germany, Studio la Città in Verona, Italy, Museum of Contemporary Art (MART) in Roverato, Italy, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Philadelphia, PA. He has also participated in group exhibitions and showings at Studio la Città, in Verona, Italy's 35th Anniversary Exhibit, An Inner Glow-Color as Painting, at the Kunstverein Lingen Kunsthalle in Lingen, Germany, and the Geometry and Flow exhibit at Seomi Gallery, in Seoul, Korea. Simpson has been published in Subtle Abstraction of David Simpson by Kenneth Baker for the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area Artist and His Modern Medici, Artists Who Take Abstraction to Ground Zero by David Bonetti for the San Francisco Examiner, California Art: 450 Years of Painting, and The Panza di Biumo Collection: Artists of the 80s and 90s. The artist’s work can also be found in public and private collections, such as IBM Corporation in San Jose, CA, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, IL.

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David Simpson, Dragon Fly

 

David Simpson
Dragon Fly
2014

Charlotte Jackson Fine Art
David Simpson, “Blue Blood” depicted in 3 different light variations (Triptych)

 

David Simpson
“Blue Blood” depicted in 3 different light variations (Triptych)
2014

Charlotte Jackson Fine Art
David Simpson, Enthrone, April First, Mississippi (Triptych)

 

David Simpson
Enthrone, April First, Mississippi (Triptych)
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art
David Simpson, May red

 

David Simpson
May red
1996

Studio La Città
David Simpson, Interference Green #2

 

David Simpson
Interference Green #2
1991

Haines Gallery
David Simpson, Red Arcs

 

David Simpson
Red Arcs
1967

Peyton Wright Gallery
David Simpson, Celadon Empire

 

David Simpson
Celadon Empire
2011

Studio La Città
David Simpson, LOOSE DRAWING 6 - Badlands

 

David Simpson
LOOSE DRAWING 6 - Badlands
2005

Studio La Città
David Simpson, Sacred and profane

 

David Simpson
Sacred and profane
2008

Studio La Città
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David Simpson, Red Arcs

 

David Simpson
Red Arcs
acrylic on canvas

 

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David Simpson, Interference Green #2

 

David Simpson
Interference Green #2, 1991
acrylic on canvas

 

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David Simpson, Black Gold

 

David Simpson
Black Gold, 1993
acrylic on canvas

 

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1928   Born in Pasadena, California, USA
1956   Received BFA from the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California, USA
1958   Received MFA from the San Francisco State College, San Francisco, California, USA
  Lives and works in Berkeley, California, USA
2011   Nonsense Poems, Cheryl Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
2010   Interference Blues, Charlotte Jackson Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (solo)
2009   IN – FINITUM, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
2009   David Simpson: Paintings & Works on Paper, Modernism, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2009   Other Voices, Other Rooms, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2008   West Coast Abstraction: Selected Works from 1975-2007, Part 1, MODERNISM, San Francisco, CA
2008   David Simpson, Studio La Citta, Verona, Italy (solo)
2008   Studio la Città, Verona, Italy (solo)
2007 - 2008   Light Wells +, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (solo)
2007   Light Wells, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
2007   Interference Paintings, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, Texas, USA (solo)
2007   The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA (cat.)
2007   di capo!, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
2007   Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2007   Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf, Germany
2007   West Coast Abstraction, Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2007   Fundamental Abstraction, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2006   Director’s Choice, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006   Extreme Interference, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2005   Recent Paintings, Galleria G7, Bologna, Italy
2005   Je ne regrette rien, Studio la Città, Verona, Italy
2005   Natalie and Irving Forman Collection, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA
2005   An Inner Glow-Color as Painting, Kunstverein Lingen Kunsthalle, Lingen
2005   Iridescent Interference, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, Texas, USA (solo)
2005   Surrealist Landscapes and Other Departures, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
2005   Inneres Leuchten-Farbe als Malerei, Kunstverein Lingen Kunsthalle, Lingen, Germany
2004   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2004   San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California, USA
2004   ‘Metallics’, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2004   Cheryl Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
2004   Lucidamente, a cura di/curated by G. Bonomi, Fortezza Isola Palmaria, Porto Venere
2004   Per Amore, Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea, Siracusa
2004   Works on Paper-Surrealist Landscapes and Other Departures, Haines Gallery, San Francisco
2003   Haines Gallery, San Francisco
2003   RealUNreal, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno
2003   Interference Paintings, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (solo)
2003   Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA
2002   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2002   Renate Schröder Galerie, Cologne (solo)
2002   Artothek, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2002   The Perception of Space, Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Verona, Italy
2002   Le stanze dell’arte, curated by Gabriella Belli, MART MART Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
2001   Renate Schröder Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2001   Studio la Città, Verona, Italy (solo)
2001   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
2001   Nebeneinander III (Painting Today - Overseas and Here), Galerie Renate Schröder, Cologne, Germany (cat.)
2001   Artisti americani ed europei dalla collezione Panza, Palazzo Ducale, Sassuolo, Italy
2001   Studio La Citta, Verona, Italy (solo)
2001   ‘Neue Bilder’, Renate Schroeder Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2001   ‘Paintings of the 70s and 80s, Modernism, San Francisco, CA
2000   University Art Museum, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
2000   Renate Schröder Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2000   Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1999   Sonora Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, California, USA (solo)
1999   Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA (solo)
1999   Bay Area Now 2, Yerba Beun Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA (cat.)
1998   La collezione Panza di Biumo: artisti degli anni '80 - '90, Museo del Palazzo Ducale, Gubbio, Italy (cat.)
1997   Renate Schröder Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1997   Seomi Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
1997   Studio la Città, Verona, Italy (solo)
1997   Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1997   Colección Panza di Biumo Anys 80 i 90, La Llonja, Palma de Majorca,Spain (cat.)
1996   The Panza di Biumo Collection, MART Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
1996   E la chiamano pittura…, Studio la Città, Verona, Italy (cat.)
1996   Collezione Panza di Biumo, Palazzo delle Albere, Trento, Italy (cat.)
1996   Haines Gallery, New York, New York, USA
1996   L'Arena di Verona, Tante pitture nessuna memoria, G. Trevisan, Luglio 11
1995   Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (solo)
1995   Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland (solo)
1995   Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California, USA (solo)
1995   A California Collection, Hunsaker/Schlesinger, Santa Monica, California, USA
1995   The Panza di Biumo Donation: European and American Art '83-'93, Museo Cantonale d'arte, Lugano, Switzerland (brochure)
1994   Angles Gallery, New York, New York, USA (solo)
1994   John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1992   Anthony Ralph Gallery, New York, New York, USA (solo)
1992   Mincher/Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1992   Bemis Foundation, Omaha, Nebraska, USA (solo)
1992   Cultural Fabrication, John Good Gallery, New York, New York, USA
1992   Abstraction in the Collection, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
1991   Abstract Painting, Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
1991   Zen Center Hospice, San Francisco, California, USA
1991   Jeff Beall/David Simpson, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA
1991   Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA (solo)
1990   Bay Area Artists, A to Z, Butler Institute, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
1990   Lyrical Vision: the 6 Gallery 1954-57, Natsoulas/Novelozo Gallery, Davis, California, USA (cat.)
1990   Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA (solo)
1990   Mincher/Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1989   The Dark Sublime: Art at the End of Our Century, Scott Allan Gallery, New York, New York, USA
1989   Paint, Mincher/Wilkox Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
1989   Order and Intuition: Aspects of Bay Area Abstract Painting, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California, USA
1989   Abstract Paintings, Modernism, San Francisco, California, USA
1988   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1988   Paintings Without Pictures, Suite 309, San Francisco, California, USA
1988   Art and Architecture, Santa Monica Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, California, USA
1988   Abstract Painting, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA
1988   Works on Paper, Modernism, San Francisco, California, USA
1987   Faculty Drawing Exhibition, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, University Gallery, Berkeley, California, USA
1987   3 Abstract Artists, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
1986   Classical Abstraction, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California, USA
1986   White Rabbit Symposium and Jack Spicer Conference, Intersection Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
1986   Geometric Abstraction in America, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
1986   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1984   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1983   America River Art College, Sacramento, California, USA (solo)
1982   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1980   Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, California, USA (solo)
1979   Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1978   Oakland Museum, Oakland, California, USA (solo)
1974   St. Mary's College Art Gallery, Moraga, California, USA (solo)
1973   Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, California, USA (solo)
1972   Hank Baum Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1971   Hank Baum Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1971   Hank Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA (solo)
1969   Van der Voort Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1968   Henri Gallery, Washington DC, USA (solo)
1968   David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA (solo)
1967   San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1966   David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA (solo)
1966   Worth Ryder Art Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA (solo)
1965   Richmond Art Center, Richmond, Virginia, USA (solo)
1965   Hack Light Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA (solo)
1964   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, New York, USA (solo)
1964   David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA (solo)
1963   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, New York, USA (solo)
1962   Paul Joachim Gallery, Chicago, USA (solo)
1962   David Cole Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1961   De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1961   Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, New York, USA (solo)
1960   Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, USA (solo)
1959   San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1959   David Cole Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1958   San Francisco Art Association Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (solo)
1996    L'Arena di Verona, "Tante pitture nessuna memoria", G. Trevisan, Luglio 11
1992    Artnews, K. Baker, April
1992    San Francisco Chronicle, "David Simpson's Layered Beauties", K. Baker, January 18
1992    Omaha World Herald, "Simpson's Art is All About Color, Texture", K. MacMillan, January 3
1991    Artspace, "Four Bay Area Abstract Painters", M. Levy, January/February
1991    San Francisco Chronicle, "Simpson's Tricky Monochromes", K. Baker, April 20
1991    Calendar, Laguna Art Museum, March/April
1989    R. Atkins, “New York, 7 Days”, October 18
1989    D. Bonetti, Art, “San Francisco Examiner”, September 22
1989    K. Baker, Galleries: Abstract with Depth, Complexity, “San Francisco Chronicle”, September 21
1989    J. Brunson, Northern California, “Visions”, Spring
1989    D. Michos, A Legacy of Abstraction, “Artweek”, February
1989    San Jose Mercury News, "Generations of Abstractions", D. Burkhart, January 20
1989    Artspace, "Adrift in Sensation", K. Baker, May/June
1989    Artnews, "The Last Bohemia", K. Baker, May/June
1989    Nebraska Sunday World-Herald, "Contemporary Artists in Sheldon Spotlight", K. MacMillan, June 17
1989    San Francisco Examiner, "Textures and Reductionism", D. Bonetti, March 21
1989    San Francisco Chronicle, "Galleries", K. Baker, March 17
1989    Artweek, "The Gang of 6", A.W. Lee, January 25
1988    M. Levy, California Contemporary Art, “Art & Antiques”, October/November
1988    N. Steele, Artbeat, “Benicia Herald”, September 30
1988    K. Baker, Display of Paintings, Not Pictures, in SF, “San Francisco Chronicle”, September 19
1988    M. Van Proyen, Familiar Conventions Revitalized, “Artweek”, February 27
1986    C. Shere, Two Contrasting Art Shows Find Balance in a Third, “Artweek”, October 4
1986    “Oakland Tribune”, September 9