About a year or so ago, an artist friend of mine asked if I’d be willing to sit for a portrait. His name is Joe Simpson, and at that point he was just starting out with what turned into an amazing collection of musician portraits.
Brandon Flowers, Matt Berninger (The National), Emmy The Great and Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) are just a small number of the 22 musicians that have sat for him. His portrait of Maxi Jazz from the series has been shortlisted for the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2011. The painting has been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery in an exhibition which has been the most popular show in the gallery’s history.
In October, Joe’s new exhibition ‘Musician Portraits’ launches in a pop-up gallery in Soho. It’ll be taking place at 16/17 Greek Street, Soho W1D 4DR, and you’ll be able to check it out from October 14th – 30th.
After the exhibition the paintings will be sold. 25% of the sale will be donated to Seeing is Believing - a global initiative to tackle avoidable blindness. Standard Chartered will match the total donation from the sales.
In the meantime, you can keep up to date with the exhibition and all of Joe’s adventures at his website, Twitter and Facebook.