Tommy Simpson "Blue Lagoon" Cabinet, New Preston, Connecticut, 2010, carved and painted wood, with three shelves, signed and dated, ht. 70, wd. 26, dp. 15 in.
Note: Inspired by the vases in John Singer Sargent's The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, this piece was exhibited in the Blue and White Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, in 2013.
Tommy Simpson is an "imaginist" who has worked in nearly every medium, including woodworking, painting, printmaking, clay, woodcarving, bookmaking, jewelry, and even prose. In each work of art, the artist "puzzles together" his personal and cultural references into a signature blend of joyfulness and subtle commentary. "The ultimate goal," Tommy says, "is to bring the artwork to life, so that the viewer can identify the human spirit behind the work, and experience its poetry."
"Regardless of the medium, there is a readily identifiable Simpson style, a vocabulary of forms, and a palette that are unmistakable. Whether he is making a piece of furniture or forms, or purely nonfunctional object, whether it is two dimensional or three, whether is monumental or intimate in size, Simpson's forms are organic and voluptuous." --Karen Chambers: The Arts Craft & Design
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