Katherine Simpson

The urban and rural landscape is a source of constant free movement and deconstruction. Simpson’s interest in deconstruction stems largely from her involvement with the breakdown of the physical environment. Just as the physical landscape around us is constantly built up and transformed to the point where the original elements are distorted or often lost, so are Katherine’s paintings. Simpson utilises this same process; building up, erasing, distorting, in order to deconstruct. Large blocks of colour and the layering of paint are dissolved with indents, distortions and suggestions from previous structure, forming a new landscape that is both harmonious and distressed. 

Layers of paint from a restricted but well chosen palette are built up and erased. Outlines which are hidden at certain points and exposed in others, make up the essence and intention of her work. This is the landscape on the brink of formation.  The layering of paint forms necessary areas, larger blocks of colour are dissolved with indents and hints from previous structures. They can appear dimly at first, resulting with the underlying construction of smooth and coarse lines working together as one action.

Simpson's work is held in public, private and corporate collections across the country and has attracted the attention of noted art critics and collectors:

  “…These impressive abstract paintings distilled from the urban landscape, with its angles and sharp, straight lines. Transparent colour and delicate surface combine in subtle and unexpected ways to give a sense of structure and detail to city buildings”   T.J. Macnamara 


Labyrinth Disturbance Cave Surge
Remote Passage In Two Minds 2 Fragment
Rabbits About Brink Sailor's Delight Slip
Tunnel Hover Industrial Contemplation
Pyramid False Alarm 1985 Navigate
Redsea Immerse Gusto Pyramid Faces
Distant Pyramid Signal Victory! Fabrication
Side by Side Balance Deep Blue Undercurrent
Half The Battle Rind Libertine Envelop
Mask Mint Ghost Signal White Pointer
Core Bloom Sonic Jump
Negotiator Elevator