David Humphrey’s Fluid Pop Surrealism

humphrey1There’s so much movement in these paintings by David Humphrey – motion captured, action about to begin and movement implied.  Momentum animates the cartoon-style figures and surreal backgrounds, down to the sweeping motion of Humphrey’s emboldened brush.

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Humphrey’s newest works created much buzz in an exhibition at Fredericks and Freiser, New York, last fall.  Critics described him as a master of contrast, a purveyor of abstract forms and figurative elements that jostle each other for the viewer’s attention.

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“Since the early 1990s he has been notable for paintings of surreal sexiness, postmodern snap, and painterly discrimination,” David Brody wrote in an artcritical review. Humphrey is a celebrated art critic himself, and Senior Critic at Yale University School of Art.

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David Humphrey’s website, here.

An interview with David Humphrey on ArtSlant, here.

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  1. crescentmoonramblings

    Wow. While this isn’t my preferred style of art there is so much to admire here. I love the surrealism. of the paintings and the sense that something is about to happen. I agree, the sense of implied movement and the fluidity of colour are commendable. The sense of expectation makes the viewer an active participant rather than a passive onlooker. Having seen this post this morning has awakened and stirred my passion for the creative process. Thank you for a great post and sharing this wonderful work.

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