Artist Profile

William Simpson

Medium: Oil/Canvas, Charcoal/Paper

Description:  Atmospheric, aerial landscapes and bold architecture based charcoal drawings

Artist Statement I make a lot of drawings. I pin these drawings on the walls of my studio - tape them to the windows even - I’m running out of space. These drawings are not schematics meant to solve all the puzzles I will confront in my next painting or large scale charcoal drawing, but rather mental and visual notes to refer to. My studio is like a room full of yellow post-it notes that say, “Remember this!”, “Try that!”, “Mash these too ideas together!”. There are drawings on the walls that have been there for years. To be there that long, there has to be some quality about them that keeps saying, “There’s something here you’re not done with yet, something you need to take another pass at”. That tells me it’s time to do a couple more drawings and figure it out. 1952 Born, Yonkers, NY 1975 B.A. English, B.F.A. Painting, University of Connecticut 1980 M.F.A. Painting, Bowling Green State University Selected Exhibitions 2015/16 Leaving Our Mark, Group Drawing Exhibition, D’Amour Fine Art at Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA 2014 Aerial, Solo Exhibition, Springfield College, Springfield, MA 2016 The Nor’Easter Members Exhibition, New Britain Museum of American Art, 2009/10/11/12/13/15/16 2015 CT+6 Juried Exhibition, West Hartford, CT, Best of Show 2010, 2nd Award 2015, Awards 2009/12/13 2016 Mystic Museum of Art, 60th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2nd Award winner 2011 W.M. Simpson: Recent Work, Solo Exhibition, Blue Back Square, West Hartford, CT 2008/09 CT Plein Air Painters Annual Show, Award winner 2009 2008/09 Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Mystic, CT 2007/8 J. Russell Janishian Gallery, Fairfield, CT 2006/7 Gregory James Gallery, Kent, CT & New Milford, CT 2006/7 Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT 2005/6 Picture This Gallery, Westport, CT Current Representation Gallery Antonia, Chatham, MA Cooper & Smith, Essex, CT Teaching 2013-2016 Oil Painting Instructor, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT Independent Study and Visiting Artist 2014 Three Day Workshop with Eric Aho, Saxtons River, VT 2009 Three Day Plein Air Workshop with Stuart Shils at The Hill-Stead Museum 2008 Two Day Workshop with Eric Aho, The Hill-Stead Museum 2013 Painting Demo, West Hartford Art League 2010/14 Painting Demo and Workshop for Avon Arts Association

Tour Location: Windsor Art Center Studios, 35 Central Street, Windsor


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