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John Simpkins - WHERE LOVE RESIDES(PREMIERE EDITION) -  L.E. PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by John Simpkins

Original Retail Price $450.00

Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 23"w x 23"h.
Published: November 1995

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"Even if people don't know anything about the movie, the print has to stand on its own. I decided that the answer was to include images and symbols from the movie while making the colors beautiful to the eye. The house in the painting is the quilt that's in the film . . . with a couple of exceptions.

"There are really no surprises in the painting as far as symbolism goes. It's very direct and from my soul; what you see is what you get. This whole project was like a dream made real for me. I liked the source book very much and I think the screenplay was very well done. I was sent to Hollywood, given carte blanche, free run of the studio, even my own golf cart! I love it."

Countersigned by Jocelyn Moorhouse, Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford, Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Nelligan, Jean Simmons, Lois Smith and Alfre Woodard.

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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