“THE VOICE OF AN
ANXIETY GENERATION”

– Shortlist

“TO CUT THROUGH OUR CYNICISM AND 

GIVE IMAGES AGAIN THE POWER TO DISTURB 

IS QUITE A FEAT; THAT SEMPLE MANAGES IT

VIA THE MEDIUM OF PAINT IS EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE”

– Modern Painters

“A MODERN-DAY ANDY WARHOL

– Independent

“SOMETIMES GHOULISH AND HARSH, SOMETIMES SACCHARINE AND FILTERED, HIS GARDEN OF FORCED PERSPECTIVES AND COMPROMISED TERTIARY PALETTES FEELS LIKE AN EXPRESSIONISTIC PORTRAIT OF THE INTERNET ITSELF”

– Art Ltd

“The offspring of Andy Warhol & Jeff Koons

as styled by MTV”

– ArtForum

“BASQUIAT OF THE NOUGHTIES”

– Financial Times

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“THE VOICE OF AN
ANXIETY GENERATION”

– Shortlist

“TO CUT THROUGH OUR CYNICISM AND 

GIVE IMAGES AGAIN THE POWER TO DISTURB 

IS QUITE A FEAT; THAT SEMPLE MANAGES IT

VIA THE MEDIUM OF PAINT IS EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE”

– Modern Painters

“A MODERN-DAY ANDY WARHOL

– Independent

“SOMETIMES GHOULISH AND HARSH, SOMETIMES SACCHARINE AND FILTERED, HIS GARDEN OF FORCED PERSPECTIVES AND COMPROMISED TERTIARY PALETTES FEELS LIKE AN EXPRESSIONISTIC PORTRAIT OF THE INTERNET ITSELF”

– Art Ltd

“The offspring of Andy Warhol & Jeff Koons

as styled by MTV”

– ArtForum

“BASQUIAT OF THE NOUGHTIES”

– Financial Times

StuartSemple

Stuart opens concept store ‘Pot Shop’

For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamed of opening my own little arty spot in my hometown of Bournemouth. Our friend the man Jamie James has taken some great photos so I wanted to share them.Growing up here was pretty tough because there wasn’t much of a visual...

Listen to Stuart’s Radio 4 documentary!

Now streaming on BBC Sounds - Stuart Semple's documentary program for Radio 4  exploring hostile design in our public spaces. In this episode of Art Now, Stuart meets council officials, happiness experts, art critics and designers. Are spikes in doorways, bars on...

New Documentary now Streaming on Amazon

A new short documentary exploring Stuart Semple's public artwork is now streaming on Amazon prime.  It asks if art can be a tool to bring us together, reduce fear and help us feel safer and more connected.  It looks at some of Stuart's happiness projects from around...

Now on – major London exhibition – Dancing on My Own, selected works 1999 – 2019

Dancing On My OwnStuart Semple, Selected Works 1999 - 2019Curated by Lee CavaliereBermondsey Project Space183 – 185 Bermondsey StreetLondon, SE1 3UW 8 August - 7 September 2019Tue – Sat: 11.00 – 18.00 Stuart Semple’s work straddles the line between art and activism. A...

All about the cheddar – new sculpture installed in London using Black 3.0

ALL ABOUT THE CHEDDAR Powder coated steel, Black 3.0 paint rope, axe, spray paint. Stuart Semple, 2019 If you'd like to use Black 3.0 in your own work & help us share it with *all artists you can do that RIGHT HERE MORE IMAGES: [gallery link="file"...

I Should be crying but I just can’t let it show….

Stuart's latest sculpture 'I should be crying but I just can't let it show' has been installed in Denver on 16th Street between  Champa and Stout. I SHOULD BE CRYING BUT I JUST CAN'T LET IT SHOW Expanded polystyrene foam, acrylic paint and steel. 5m x 8m x 3 m Stuart...

HAPPY CITY is on NOW across Denver!

A series of public art interventions and collaborations throughout Denver exploring happiness until 30th June 2018.   click images to enlarge: For the last couple of years I've been collaborating with various groups, organisations, collaborators and artists in...

HAPPINESS HQ IS OPEN NOW IN DENVER

We've built a Happiness HQ at the Dairy Block in Denver! As part of the wider Happy City project in Denver, we teamed up with our friends Nine Dot Arts, The Syrup Room and the Dairy Block. Together we created Happiness HQ a space where visitors can participate in...

EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE DROP

EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE DROP May 18th - June 10th  2018 Union Station, great hall, Denver The Emotional baggage drop is a participatory installation that mimics a physical baggage drop. The difference being that here visitors are invited to leave behind an emotional burden....

Join me in London for a big HUG – the Hug Huddle 🙂

MONDAY 26th MARCH - London 5.30-6.30pm - Denver 10.30-11.30am Hi Everyone, I've sorted us out with a space in the center of London to come together and hug. So if you fancy joining in and sharing a moment of connection in public space then we'll be at Potters Fields,...

Stuart Semple, an art for everyone.

Over the last two decades Stuart Semple has built up a diverse and challenging body of work across multiple disciplines. Thanks to the support of brave collectors, galleries and museums he has enjoyed numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide.

Stuart has a deep belief that art is neither an object nor an activity, but rather an experience that exists in the space between an artist’s intention and the participant.

This duty towards ‘experience making’ affords him the opportunity to play across a variety of devices; from internet performance, code, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, popup stores, public art, happenings, broadcasting, culture jamming, even chemical formulas, paint itself to a good joke. However, it is Painting that has remained a true love and the backbone of Semple’s practice for the last 20 years.

His enduring love for music, poetry and the image-world give him a unique palette in which to weave emotional and critical narratives. These are approachable and understandable, whilst remaining challenging and nuanced beyond their surface. His art is an art for everyone.

Although diverse in it’s presentation, Semple’s body of work orbits around a handful of recurring themes; anxiety, society, cultural history, technology, connection, community and freedom. Ultimately landing with a clear-minded sense of utility, that art itself should have a social function. This is no more evident than in what he refers to as his ’social works’, these being charity funds, awareness raising campaigns, artist support groups and shared studios.

Semple explains: “I have this fundamental belief that art, artists and design can make the world better and more connected. I think artists have useful role in society and I’m trying my best to contribute work that demonstrates that”.

EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE DROP: 

EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE DROP

Participatory installation, Union Station Denver, 2018

STATE magazine

Lee Sharrock from State visited Stuart in the studio to chat happiness, raves, the 90s and anti-social media.

“With all the alienation and unrest in the world, how could contemporary art possibly be a tool for unification? part of the answer might just come in the form of Stuart Semple, who’s democratic, immersive art is designed to bring people together again”

Flaunt magazine caught up with Stuart Semple to talk about painting, politics and life in a digital world.

“I’d hate to think that what I made changed people’s minds; that’s really not my responsibility.”

“If you were going to waste your life doing anything, painting pictures would be as bad an idea as anything else.”

STATE MAGAZINE

Lee Sharrock from State visited Stuart in the studio to chat happiness, raves, the 90s and anti-social media.

“With all the alienation and unrest in the world, how could contemporary art possibly be a tool for unification? part of the answer might just come in the form of Stuart Semple, who’s democratic, immersive art is designed to bring people together again”

flaunt magazine interview with Stuart SempleFlaunt magazine caught up with Stuart Semple to talk about painting, politics and life in a digital world.

“I’d hate to think that what I made changed people’s minds; that’s really not my responsibility.”

“If you were going to waste your life doing anything, painting pictures would be as bad an idea as anything else.”

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