David Simpson, "Grey Square" 1955, Signed,
San Francisco Museum of Art Label 1956
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David Simpson, Painter, 1928-
In 1954, Simpson co-founded the Six Gallery at 3119 Fillmore Street in San Francisco alongside Wally Hedrick, a neo-expressionist painter and integral member of the Beat movement ; Deborah Remington, an abstract artist known for hard-edge painting abstraction; Jack Ryan, a poet; Hayward King, an artist who became the director of the Richmond Art Center, and Jack Spicer,
a poet and faculty member at the San Francisco Art Institute. Before it
was turned into one of the inaugural student-run cooperative galleries
in the area, the space had been an auto-repair shop. Herb Caen wrote in the San Francisco Examiner
on September 26, 1954 that the Six Gallery was “sponsored by six people
interested in art, music, poetry, integrity and other worthwhile
things.” Many well-known artists, including Joan Brown and Manuel Neri, held their first one-person shows at the Six Gallery. On October 7, 1955, Allen Ginsberg read his famous poem, “Howl” publicly for the first time at a reading at the Six Gallery.
In 1956 Simpson graduated from the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) with a BFA; and in 1958 he earned an MFA, from the San Francisco State College.
Since 1958 Simpson has had more than 70 solo exhibitions of his
paintings in galleries and museums worldwide. His paintings have been
included in hundreds of group exhibitions throughout the United States
and Europe. During the early 1960s Simpson was included in two seminal
group exhibitions: Americans 1963 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York curated by Dorothy Canning Miller and Post-Painterly Abstraction curated by Clement Greenberg in 1964; that traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art the Walker Art Center and the Art Gallery of Toronto. Simpson is an artist and teacher whose work is associated with the Minimalist, Monochrome, and Color Field movements.