MULHERIN TORONTO 250 EMERSON AVENUE, TORONTO, ON M6H 2A7
DREW SIMPSON: THE LAST DAYS OF THE SUICIDE MUSE
MARCH 23- APRIL 21, 2019
“The Last Days of The Suicide Muse is a collection of works that pay homage to the brave few who let what they loved the most destroy them. The paintings reflect my struggle integrating myself back into Canadian life after a 7 year sabbatical in Berlin, while undergoing years of extensive medical treatment. The narrative in the collection is autobiographical with a fairytale twist, forming a eulogy out of gonzo sentimentality in order to defy deaths agency. Each painting is essentially about The Book of Job, the challenges of self pity and self destruction, the universes indifference to man and the cruel sting of rejection.”-Drew Simpson, 2019
Drew Simpson ( b. 1977 in Ontario Canada ) has recently returned to Canada from a 7 year sabbatical in Berlin Germany. He is a self taught painter whose exceptionally detailed and precisely rendered paintings delight in eschewing homage to an invisible aristocracy. Simpson's appropriation of visual language is beholden to Flemish masters, yet are full of modern anachronisms, images that defy one art historical context, but remain governed by the same concerns: mortality, elusive beauty and brutal truth.
Simpson's paintings have been internationally exhibited over the past 15 years in NYC, London, Paris, Madrid, Cologne, Miami, Basel, Chicago, Berlin and extensively throughout Canada. National public exhibits include: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Power Plant, Toronto. Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal. The Rooms, St. John's. Museum London. Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon. Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton.