Simon Gouverneur

Simon Gouverneur, Peyote II, 1985 (source: newamericanpaintings.wordpress.com)
Simon Gouverneur, Peyote II, 1985 (source: newamericanpaintings.wordpress.com)

John Yau revisits the work and life of painter Simon Gouverneur.

Yau writes: "Gouverneur sought to author a universal language of signs and symbols, which makes him an heir to Hilma af Klint, as well as places him in the company of artists that includes Forrest Bess, Alfred Jensen, Jess, Myron Stout and Charmion von Wiegand. In this regard, Gouverneur belongs to what might be call the occult or hidden tradition in painting, which has its origins in spirituality."