Artist Vincent Kamp has turned film maker with ‘Queen of Diamonds’, a short film he has written and co-directed with Naeem Mahmood (Brash Young Turks).
Starring Giorgia May Foote (Coronation Street), Tamer Hussan (Layer Cake), Leo Gregory (Once Upon a Time in London) and Samuel Anderson (The History Boys), Kamp’s debut film is a thriller centring on the audacious plot to rob an international diamond trader.
Known for his striking portraits of tattooed barbers, gamblers and musicians (including Sam Smith), Vincent Kamp’s work as a painter is heavily influenced by movies, particularly the crime and gangster genres; the film was a natural progression for him and it will be the inspiration for his forthcoming exhibition opening in September at Clarendon Fine Art, Mayfair.
Fascinated by the underground world of urban subculture, Kamp delves beneath the surface of social class, creating intense portraits of people in a fused background of cinematic lighting, brooding tension and impending drama.
As Kamp explains: ‘I made this film to show how I visualise the story before I tell it with paint. My paintings have always been inspired by cinematographers and I felt it was time to take that creative influence to the next level. I like to capture a moment of high tension, always imagining there’s something surreptitious going on in what could be a perfectly innocent situation’.
Queen of Diamonds (Exhibition and Film) will be at Clarendon Fine Art, Mayfair, 46 Dover Street, London W1S 4FF from 12 September 2019