Art: Joe Simpson: Your New Best Friend…
|Joe doin' what he does best - paintin' masterpieces|
How much art do you do in a day? Today, for example. Are you an night owl, early lark… or both?
|Joe at Brighton|
There’s always been that cliché of artists starving for their craft. Have you always worked as an artist and/or had other jobs in addition?
I was keen for the show to be in a non-commercial gallery, be on for a long time and seen by a large number of people – the funding made this possible. This all happened in 2008, I’m not sure with today’s budget cuts that I would have got it – so I consider myself lucky.
What are your favourite mediums to work with? I suppose that can include the computer – if need be!
You went to Leeds University and got a ‘first’ in Fine Arts – “Well bloomin’ done!” – what feedback did you get from your tutors that you found particularly useful in contributing to that grade and what advice would you give to someone who wants the same grade?
In terms of how to get a good grade, I think putting the time and effort in was a major factor. With art it seems that you get more accomplished through practice and experimentation – I believe my coursework and attendance reflected a lot of effort and enthusiasm that helped me achieve a First.
My experience of studying art at university was that you got as much out as you put in. It was an extremely self-motivated course. It’s also a good time to start entering art competitions, work with other students and define your own voice as an artist. I’d recommend getting in the studio as much as possible and pursuing extra-curriculum artistic pursuits that will no doubt impress your tutors. An art degree isn’t necessarily the safest degree to lead you into a job – so you might as well come out of it with some interesting things on your CV.
Which artists inspire you?
I think you can get inspiration from everywhere. Music videos, films, they all influence in different ways.
How the heck did you come up with the concept of collaborating with twelve bands and solo artists to create a series of paintings with an accompanying original soundtrack? Was it a spark of inspiration or a process?
Future art projects like musician portraits where you’ve painted people like Mark Ronson, Jamie Callum and Paloma Faith. Tell me more about these brilliant portraits
How did you get in contact with all of these celebs?
I read an excellent quote on Twitter recently that said: “Art without a message is just decoration”. So what do you think the message is you’re conveying with your art?
What is the unique feature of a Joe Simpson painting?
What advice would you give to a budding portrait or figurative artist?
What beckons for the rest of the year?
For more information on Joe’s work, visit www.joe-simpson.co.uk