Michael Simpson Flat Surface Painting
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Flat Surface Painting at Spike Island, 16 January – 27 March 2016.
Michael Simpson, Flat Surface Painting is the first comprehensive catalogue of the artist's work to date. Rooted in a fascination with fifteenth century Venetian and early Flemish Painting, and inflected by the formal restraint and reduced palette of Minimalism, Simpson had developed a distinctive, darkly comedic artistic vocabulary with which to create works that move beyond their subject matter to question the nature of painting itself.
Texts by Helen Legg, Craig Burnett and John-Paul Stonard