WILLIAM SIMPSON

 
WILLIAM SIMPSON

 

Creative Process: I make a lot of drawings. I pin them to 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 cues for reference. My studio is a room full of yellow post-it notes: Remember this! Try that! Mash these ideas together! Some drawings have been on the walls for years. Some quality, some unanswered question, continues to demand attention. When those questions grow louder—There’s something unfinished here, something you need to take another pass at—it’s time to produce more drawings and figure it out.

 

Education

 

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, also 2009/10/11/12/13/15/16

2015            CT+6 Juried Exhibition, West Hartford, CT, Best of Show 2010, Awards 2009/12/13/15

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

2002            Promenade Gallery, Bushnell Theatre, 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

2009           Painting Demo for Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society