Joe Simpson: Act

For his latest project, Act, visual artist Joe Simpson is giving British actors the chance to play the part they've always wanted to, but never had the chance – whether it's recreating a movie scene they love, being cast in a play they've never been in, or adapting a book that's never been optioned.


Paddy Considine as Randle McMurphy from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest


All in all, Simpson will create a dozen, full colour portraits of detailed cinematic scenes starring some of the most recognisable faces of British TV and film, ready for exhibition in late 2016.


Michael Sheen as Max from Where The Wild Ones Are WarwickDavis

Warwick Davis as Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe


The project is ongoing, but we have a selection of the photos, sketches and the paintings available in Issue 16 of Popbitch Magazine.

Prints of the black and white acrylic sketches are available for purchase on his website.

Joe Simpson is also on Twitter, where he will keep followers up to date on his progress.

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