Semple’s work has been the subject of a number of major international solo exhibitions which include, ‘Fake Plastic Love’, Truman Brewery, London (2007). ‘Pop Disciple’, Aus18, Milan (2008), ‘Everlasting Nothing Less’, Anna Kustera, New York (2009), ‘The Happy House’, Morton Metropolis, London (2010), ‘It’s Hard To Be A Saint In This City’, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong (2012), ‘Suspend Disbelief’, The Heritage Rooms, London (2013), ‘Anxiety Generation’, Delahunty, London (2014) and ‘My Sonic Youth’, Fabien Castanier, Los Angeles (2015).
Semple came to public attention in 2009 through his public art project ‘HappyCloud’ in which he released thousands of smiley faced clouds made from soap and helium from Tate Modern towards the city of London. A public art project that has since been repeated in Milan during Salone De Mobile, Moscow & Dublin. Other public artworks have included ‘Jump’ for the City of Melbourne in which he installed a giant inflatable bouncy sculpture in Federation Square and last year ‘My Happy Place’ for Coventry Center for Contemporary Art.
Semple regularly participates in curated group shows, fairs, biennials and charity projects, through which his works have been exhibited at ICA, Victoria Miro, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Sotheby’s, Sammlung Fide, The Fine Art Society, Torrance Art Museum, Pallant House, and the Museum of Art and Design, NYC.
As a keen collaborator he has worked on several artistic projects outside his usual practice with partners including Moncler, Bulgari, Selfridges, Placebo, The Prodigy and Umbro.
His works have been featured across the media in Modern painters, The Guardian, Time Out, Independent, Observer, BBC news, i-D, Blue Peter, Tatler, Esquire, Italian Vogue, Elle, Dazed & Confused, Evening Standard, The Metro, Harpers, The Sunday Times, South China Morning Post, The Week and several other publications.