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Joe Simpson’s long awaited new exhibition ‘Musician Portraits’ launched this October in a fantastic pop-up gallery in Soho. The exhibition is a series of paintings of famous singers and musicians including Brandon Flowers, Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith, Maxi Jazz, David Gray, Jamie Cullum and Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) who have all sat for the project.
There are 22 paintings in the series, each piece Oil on Canvas. Joe approached his favourite musicians from a wide range of musical genres and nationalities to include in the series. Once the subjects agreed to be included in the series, Joe met up with each artist to take original photographs to work from to create an original oil painting.
Over a year in the making, the project has been as much a challenge in making contact with the subjects and persuading them to be apart of the series. Joe’s portrait of Maxi Jazz from the series has been shortlisted for the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2011.
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