Vern Simpson


Vern Simpson concerns himself with the immediate, those surroundings that have a profound affect. Drawing from this affect, he builds compositions that appear as architectural arrangements of light, color and shadow. The emotional content of a work defines its key elements, building up meaning among abstract geographic localities. A modern day expressionist, he carries on the tradition of aesthetic affect, where the intention is to feel what the artist intends through shape, form and texture. Looking upon a work of Simpson one might forget that this is the same artist who created the famed Gassy Jack, a Vancouver landmark. True to his view of art as the means of exploration, today a Simpson canvas evokes the endless color and distinct motions captured by the traditional folk arts of Mexico. It is through these influences that he evolves his own aesthetic vision of the Americas, subtle yet as strong and as daring as the lands of the Semiahmoo.