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Gabriel Neale

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By Joe Simpson in New Art on Friday 20 January 2012

I came across Gabriel Neale’s paintings on the Internet whilst researching references for new paintings. I instantly loved the dark and strange figures in his paintings and the way he uses colour. His paintings feel like a mix between the loneliness of an Edward Hopper painting, with the darkness of Francis Bacon and Jenny Saville.

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Keston Cobbler’s Club: For, Words

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By Joe Simpson in New Music on Friday 20 January 2012

I was introduced to Keston Cobbler’s Club by a mutual friend who showed me their latest video for their song, For, Words. I instantly fell in love with the adorable song and equally adorable video. I think it’s a great example of how a music video can perfectly complement a song. The band wrote, directed […]

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Elliot: a short film by Stuart Gillies and Joe Simpson

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By Joe Simpson in Video on Friday 20 January 2012

This is a short film that I wrote and directed with my friend Stuart Gillies. The film was inspired by a play by Daniel Kitson, where two characters reflect on the time in their lives has been divided up. We shot and edited the entire film with just the two of us and then asked […]

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Submit your most beautiful one second video

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By Joe Simpson in Video on Friday 20 January 2012

The Beauty Of A Second is a short film competition where people are invited to submit their most beautiful one second video. This clip shows 60 of the best entries edited together. I think there’s something really simple and lovely about having such a short moment captured on film and shown out of context. It’s […]

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Everything Is Electrified: paintings by Joe Simpson

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By Joe Simpson in New Events on Thursday 19 January 2012

Everything Is Electrified is my new exhibition that launches in Camden on January 20th. The paintings are a departure from my normal figurative painting and use mixed media to create grand skies with pylons and transmissions towers dotted across the horizon. I find these man-made structures strangely cinematic and alluring.

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Photos from a shooting gallery taken over 52 years

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By Joe Simpson in New Photography on Thursday 19 January 2012

This series of photographs tells the story of a woman from the Netherlands who visited a fairground shooting gallery every year since 1936. The series begins with a 16 year-old girl aiming at the shooting gallery, when she hits the target it triggers a camera that takes a photograph of her in the firing pose. This was repeated for 52 years and reveals a collection of photographs that shows a life unfolding.

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Short documentary: L’Equip Petit

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By Joe Simpson in New Film on Thursday 19 January 2012

I love this short documentary about a children’s football team who have never won a game. The kids are so adorable and philosophical about their lack of success as a team. Artfully put together, with great music choices and direction, it’s an example of how entertaining documentaries can be.

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