Michael Larry Simpson

409 Warren Street

between 4th and 5th Streets.

The entrance is on the left side of the building

and is accessible by walking through the parking lot.

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Artist Statement

Michael Larry Simpson’s Panel Series; life-sized, multi-colored panel compositions on wood, has been his primary practice since 2005.  His luminous, richly pigmented works merge the emotional and spiritual elements of Color Field painting and the sensual nature of Abstract Expressionism with the explorative search for unexpected outcomes taken by Brooklyn’s New Casualists.

Simpson begins with individual panels conceived as standalone pieces on which oil paint, stick and stain are mixed directly onto the raw wood to create nuanced layers of color and texture that interplay with the natural grain. He paints intuitively without expectation or intent and, like de Kooning, is a “slipping glimpser” drawing color, texture, and emotional inspiration from flashes of contact encountered with art, design, and nature in daily life.  His individual panel paintings are then composed in groups of three, four or five to create evocative works that balance comforting sensual harmony with provocatively intellectual discordance.

Simpson studied Art, Art History and Economics at the College of William and Mary and continued his art education at The Art Students League and School of Visual Arts as he pursued a career in creative fine fragrance in New York, London, Amsterdam, and Ridgewood NJ.  He and his wife, Ellen, and their family, relocated several years ago and Simpson now works in his studio in Hudson NY. He also recently created and launched an indie fine fragrance brand, OK Fine Fragrances, and is also a Southern Appalachian Oldtime fiddle and banjo player often seen jamming on Warren Street.

Michael Larry Simpson

409 Warren Street

between 4th and 5th Streets.

The entrance is on the left side of the building

and is accessible by walking through the parking lot.

Click Images

Artist Statement

Michael Larry Simpson’s Panel Series; life-sized, multi-colored panel compositions on wood, has been his primary practice since 2005.  His luminous, richly pigmented works merge the emotional and spiritual elements of Color Field painting and the sensual nature of Abstract Expressionism with the explorative search for unexpected outcomes taken by Brooklyn’s New Casualists.

Simpson begins with individual panels conceived as standalone pieces on which oil paint, stick and stain are mixed directly onto the raw wood to create nuanced layers of color and texture that interplay with the natural grain. He paints intuitively without expectation or intent and, like de Kooning, is a “slipping glimpser” drawing color, texture, and emotional inspiration from flashes of contact encountered with art, design, and nature in daily life.  His individual panel paintings are then composed in groups of three, four or five to create evocative works that balance comforting sensual harmony with provocatively intellectual discordance.

Simpson studied Art, Art History and Economics at the College of William and Mary and continued his art education at The Art Students League and School of Visual Arts as he pursued a career in creative fine fragrance in New York, London, Amsterdam, and Ridgewood NJ.  He and his wife, Ellen, and their family, relocated several years ago and Simpson now works in his studio in Hudson NY. He also recently created and launched an indie fine fragrance brand, OK Fine Fragrances, and is also a Southern Appalachian Oldtime fiddle and banjo player often seen jamming on Warren Street.