David Humphrey’s paintings juxtapose representational and non-referential painterly elements that unexpectedly augment and subvert one another. Although these conflicting pictorial languages are less evident in his sculpture, there remains an equal mix of wit, absurdity and pure expressive gesture. In Couple the artist manages to integrate these heterogeneous elements into something that starts to look like pure modernism.
David Humphrey (b. 1955) lives and works in New York and received his BFA, from The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD and his MA from New York University, NY and also attended the New York Studio School. The artist has had solo exhibitions at Fredericks & Freiser, NY; Real Estate Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY; Joseloff Gallery at the University of Hartford, CT; Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA; American University Museum, Washington DC; Keith Talent Gallery, London; Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL; Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York, NY; McKee Gallery, New York, NY. His work is in the collections of several museums and public collections including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as well as the Saatchi Gallery, London. He is currently teaching in the MFA program of Columbia. He was awarded the Rome Prize in 2008.