John Simpkins "Pavanne In Gold" limited edition print available now at Art Agents International
"Pavanne In Gold"
limited edition print 250/2500 - Greenwich Workshop
21.5"H x 26"W
Cat with Gold Leafing
As a little kid, John used to illustrate the walls of my bedroom, against his parents’ wishes. He used to climb up into the closet and actually used crayons on the ceiling. This is the start of John Simpkins expressing himself through art, prints and posters. Following formal art studies at Napa College with the renowned Earl Thollander, Simpkins explored the museums of the U.S. and Europe for further inspiration.
He sought to eliminate any remnant of academia and “let the child come out,” he explained. “I discovered that American primitive art appealed to me. It gave me a warm feeling so I began to experiment with that.” Simpkins’ strong, bold and graphic style is deceptively simple. His art, prints and posters please and uplift with a single glance but then unfold with layers of meaning. The artist explains, “My work evolves slowly and intuitively from the heart.” Almost always, Simpkins includes a “bit of the vinegar of life” along with happy symbols and motifs such as hearts, checkerboards, cats, gardens, etc.
The equal “layering” and his use of paint and color is subtly complex and often includes the use of gold leaf. For years his art, prints & posters were not prolific, but just resided in select, private collections, but once viewed his paintings aren't forgotten, so word eventually reached galleries, museums and publishers. His creations have now been exhibited from America and beyond as well as being published in a variety of books and magazines.