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NOCTURNES – Joel Simon

December 1st, 2023

“NOCTURNES” by Renowned Artist Joel Simon
Belfast, November 22, 2023 – The University of Atypical is delighted to announce the unveiling of “NOCTURNES,” an extraordinary exhibition by acclaimed artist Joel Simon. The showcase opens to the public on Friday, December 1st, with a formal exhibition opening as part of the late-night art on Thursday, December 7th, at 6:00 pm. This captivating exhibition is a highlight of the 2023 International Day of Persons with Disabilities program, co-coordinated by the Department for Communities and University of Atypical.

Joel Simon, an artist with a rich background in film-making, unveils “NOCTURNES” as a series of narrative oil paintings. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant nightlife of Belfast, Simon’s exhibition captures the city’s metamorphosis into a cinematic tapestry during the late hours.

Reflecting on the genesis of the series, Simon shares, “After many late-night excursions through Belfast’s streets, I found myself captivated by the city’s transformation into a cinematic tapestry. The darkened alleys and hushed corners served as the muse for ‘NOCTURNES,’ where I aim to convey the heightened drama that cloaks this city, my home since 1995.”

Simon, a former director with over 50 international awards in the film and animation industry, has seamlessly transitioned into the world of oil painting. His narrative paintings exhibit cinematic compositions and stylized poses, a testament to his filmmaking background. “Through visual storytelling skills honed in my previous career, I explore mysterious narratives etched on strangers’ faces and woven into the urban fabric,” says Simon.

This marks Joel Simon’s first solo show in five years, inviting viewers to join him in imagining the untold stories of cohabitants and rediscovering the familiar cityscape. The exhibition promises a journey through Belfast’s nightlife, as seen through the eyes of an artist who has made the city his muse.

Exhibition Details:

Title: NOCTURNES

Artist: Joel Simon

Public Opening: Friday, December 1st

Formal Exhibition Opening: Thursday, December 7th, 6:00 pm

Venue: Atypical Gallery University of Atypical, 109-113 Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1FF

About Joel Simon:

Prior to his career in oil painting, Joel Simon garnered acclaim in the film and animation industry as a director, collaborating with luminaries such as Seamus Heaney, Billy Connolly, and BBC’s Gerry Anderson. His transition to oil painting brought forth a fascination with narrative paintings, employing cinematic compositions and stylized poses to craft captivating visual stories.
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