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John Simpkins - PAVANE VON KLIMT -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by John Simpkins

Original Retail Price $195.00

Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 15 3/8"w x 12 1/4"h.
Published: March 1996

Limited quantities available

"This is Pavane's encore, created one year after I painted 'Pavane in Gold.' I decided to challenge myself by using the style of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt (1860-1918). His father was a master of gilding, a technique that Gustav incorporated into his own work. He also used many universal symbols, such as spirals and repeated eye shapes, so I incorporated them into this work as well.

"I like the beauty and sensuousness of the gold and I think the black and white markings of Pavane contrast nicely with the rich hues and background. It's a fitting testament to Pavane, who was the best model I had because she sat still. I also liked this particular pose. It's so sleepy and funny.

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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