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ACT Exhibition by Joe Simpson Features John Simm as Rick Deckard from Blade Runner

Joe Simpson
Exhibition: ACT
59 Great Portland Street, London UK

13th-28th August 2022

Artist Joe Simpson has asked his favourite British actors, ‘What role have you always wanted to play but have never got the chance?’.

He then creates a narrative painting of them depicted as their choice on a large wide format canvas. 

ACT | Joe Simpson

Visit: Online Gallery of all 10 large scale actors’ portraits in the series each with an accompanying black & white acrylic study
Order Online: Postcards and Limited Edition Prints

Watch Trailer: Learn more on the process behind the paintings featuring Olivia Colman, Paddy Considine, Charlie Cox, Warwick Davis, Mark Gatiss, Matt Lucas, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Sheen, John Simm and Eleanor Tomlinson.

These paintings are not just straight portraits, but show the actors in their craft, acting as a character that they’d love to play.  Joe says,

I think their choices are fascinating, and reveal previously unknown passions and motivations.  I’m totally open to interpretations of the question – it can be from an existing film, a book, a play, a short story  – the only stipulation is that it’s something that they haven’t done before – so that it’s totally new.”

The series has been over 8 years in the making, and makes its London debut exhibition at 59 Great Portland Street on 13th – 28th August 2022 – open every day 10am – 7pm. Admission Free.

The exhibition is supported by The Crown Estate.

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