Merton D Simpson
(1928 - 2013)
Merton D. Simpson was active/lived in New York, South Carolina / Africa. Merton Simpson is known for abstract expressionist painting, portraits, gallery owner.
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Biography Merton D. Simpson
The following was submitted by the artist, September 2004
eight children, Merton Simpson was born in 1928 and grew up in
Charleston, South Carolina. While hospitalized with childhood
diphtheria, he took to drawing. His talent was soon recognized by
several Charlestonians, among them William Halsey, an artist who gave
private instruction to the young Simpson.
While working with
Halsey, Simpson also worked at the Gibbes Museum, the only African
American in the still segregated institution. Though not an
orphan, Simpson was also a member of the Jenkins Orphanage Band,
another important early experience, as music has been a lifelong
inspiration to the artist.
Simpson moved to New York in 1948
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