'DJ Simpson has been described as 'a painter who doesn’t paint', and refers to his own work as 'drawing with electricity.' He is renowned for his large scale paintings which humorously reference grand works from the Abstract Expressionist canon, and the influence of painters such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning resonate playfully throughout his work.'
'Following a line in a work by DJ Simpson is a physical event that registers a relief surface, an event that seems neither a work of sculpture or painting. Some works lean against a wall, the height of a person or two, and others hang flat but all relate to a human scale and the uniform dimensions of industrial materials. The artist’s practice has its parallels with industrial practices and processes through the utilisation of an electric router machine and standardized units of wood and laminate. Even colour in DJ Simpson’s work can be thought of as industrial; colour is a readymade chosen by the artist. In the work of DJ Simpson, colour is a plastic form, not a pigment applied to the surface of an object but an object that is cut and scarred. The chiselled line in the readymade colour is an actual, concrete and physical detail.'
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