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John Simpkins - ANGELS -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by John Simpkins

Original Retail Price $225.00
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Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 40"w x 7 3/8"h.
Published: November 1993

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"With this piece, I wanted to give the view a feeling of being watched over and protected. I wanted it to be something that will greet people as they come in and bless them as they go out.

"The challenge of 'Angels' was to get something to work in that shape, which is why I came up with the smiling face in the center, putting an elongated angel out to either side. I could be either a sun or a moon face, so no matter what time of day, you are never alone. The most important thing of all is for viewers to add their own meanings to the work."

John Simpkins
"As a little kid, I used to illustrate the walls of my bedroom — against my parents’ wishes, the artist explains. "I climbed up into the closet and actually used crayons on the ceiling." Thus is how John Simpkins began to express himself through art Follow-ing formal art studies at Napa College and with the renowned Earl Thollander, Simpkins later 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 paintings 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. Simpkins painting style is equally "layered." His use of paint and color is subtly complex and often includes the use of gold leaf. For years his art was unseen outside of a few, select, private collections, but once viewed his paintings are not forgotten, so word eventually reached galleries, museums and publishers. His creations have now been exhibited from America to England and published in a variety of books and magazines.


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