Portraits of Emmy the Great, Dan Mangan, Iron & Wine and Anna Calvi feature in London-based figurative painter Joe Simpson’s exhibition ‘Musician Portraits’ opening next month.
The paintings will be on display from 14th – 30th October at a temporary gallery in the converted library at 16/17 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DR. Entrance is free.
Joe has spent the past year flying all over the world to meet the musicians at their houses, studios and backstage at gigs.
He said: “The paintings have a physicality to them that you don’t get with a photograph. The paint has a specific weight and application and you can see layers and brushmarks in the hair and skin tones of the subjects. I’m really excited to see all the paintings displayed together under one roof for the very first time.
The portraits will be sold after the exhibition, with 25% of the proceeds going to the charity Seeing is Believing.