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David Simpson - Interference and Paintings From The 80's

June 10th - August 12th, 2023

Houston, Texas – Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to present David Simpson’s fifth solo show, ‘Interference and Paintings from the 80’s’, showing June 10th - August 12th, 2023.


Light is a key element in David Simpson’s timeless paintings. Iridescent interference pigments are mixed with acrylic paint to achieve fascinating shifts in light and color such as orange to purple, metallic-green to blue, or silver to light blue. The surface of the paintings are ever changing depending on the lighting conditions, the time of the day. and the position of the viewer. The paintings encourage the viewers to move in the space around them to see the paintings in different distances and angles.


David Simpson was born in 1928 in California and is an integral part of American Art History. His paintings reflect a complex connection to the history of postwar painting in the United States descending from mid-century monochromatic and color-field painters such as Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, Robert Ryman. Simpson’s own concerns tend to align him with the contemporaneous California-based Light and Space movement, in which artists like Irwin and Turrell developed new approaches in working with light, space, and perceptual phenomena.


Clement Greenberg included David Simpson in his ‘Post Painterly Abstraction’ exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1964. Simpson’s work is also collected internationally, including in the Count Panza in Italy, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, the Museum of Modern Art in NY, the Cantonal di Arte in Switzerland, and in many other institutions. Simpson’s work showcase the light, radiance, and inherent spark that resides in the best artworks of any time, in any place, and in any medium. 

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