Acknowledged as one of Britain’s most evocative and exciting figurative artists, Vincent Kamp has been working on a new series of paintings featuring acclaimed jazz musician Reuben James and his band which will be exhibited at Clarendon Fine Art Mayfair from 12 to 18 April.
Fascinated by the underground world of urban subculture, Kamp’s paintings delve beneath the surface of social class, creating intense portraits of people in a fused background of cinematic lighting, brooding tension and impending drama. Heavily influenced by films, particularly the crime and gangster genres, Kamp says that he learnt as much about composition from cinematographers as he did from the old master painters.
For his next big solo show, which will be in November 2018, Kamp is planning an interactive and ambitious performance-art homage to his love of cinema. As he explains, “thirty paintings will tell the story of a high stakes poker game that ends badly. Called ‘The Long Game’, the series will be recreated live featuring actors, a poker table and over a million dollars in cash. As well as viewing the art work, the audience will be able to watch the drama unfold in front of them”.
Now represented by Clarendon Fine Art, Vincent Kamp has been creating subversive thematic works such as his ‘Fear and Loathing in East London’ series which featured a cast of tattooed barbers from around the capital, first shown in 2017 at the Talented Art Fair, who named him Talented Artist of the Year.
Vincent Kamp: Inspired Lives. Paintings of Reuben James and his band
Clarendon Fine Art Mayfair
46 Dover Street, London W1S 4FF
12-18 April 2018