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Artist: Brian K Simpson
Live in: Bloomington, IL, United States
Artworks for sale: 0
Brian K Simpson Artist Bio:
Biography: I left the academic world in 1984 after completing my graduate exhibition in photography at Illinois State University and spent the next twenty years exploring life drawing while making a living as a bookseller and owner of Babbitt's Books in Normal, IL. Fear of an early death and slim obituary has motivated me to move beyond life drawing and into arguably more significant areas of art making. I awoke like Rip Van Winkle in 2010 renting an artists studio and producing my present body of work Artist's Statement: My interest is in the ephemeral moment made significant through drawing and specifically in terms of images of arrested action lying ambiguously between dual interpretations. The images I use are found through direct observation or in old books or manuals and subsequently re-imagined in a photographic tableau before finally being transformed into drawings to emphasize and reinforce conflicting perceptions. As much as I like the ability of photography to capture motion and gesture, I feel the final drawing isolates the action further and deepens an emotional component. Drawing as a technique inhabits the borderline between abstraction and realism. It is a series of lines and smudges basically abstract on close observation but are transformed into a recognizable image when one steps away. Image and technique combine to depict the tenuous nature of interpretation.