Vincent Kamp's intense and cinematic paintings inspired by classic gangster movies
Acknowledged as one of Britain’s most evocative and exciting new artists, Vincent Kamp is fascinated by the underground world of urban subculture and his paintings delve beneath the surface of social class, creating intense portraits in a fused background of cinematic lighting, brooding tension and impending drama.
Heavily influenced by films, particularly those from the crime and gangster genres, Kamp feels that he learnt as much about composition from cinematographers as he did from the Old Master painters. For his next solo show this November, he is planning an interactive and ambitious performance-art homage to his love of cinema. "Thirty paintings will tell the story of a high stakes poker game that ends badly," he explains. "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 artwork, 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.
In other news, Kamp will be unveiling six new paintings of acclaimed jazz musician Reuben James and his band at Clarendon Fine Art Mayfair this month. The artworks form part of his ongoing Inspired Lives series. Find out more: vincentkamp.com.