New York City-based David Humphrey will turn Lux’s 2010/2011 Season on its head with paintings that employ landscape, figuration and iconography in an incisive commentary on American consumer culture and conformity.
A Senior Critic at Yale School of Art, Humphrey creates canvases in which a cavalcade of surreal, kitsch images and exuberant, Play Doh-like hues provide a humorous and sometimes biting narrative of middle-class malaise. A dedicated collector of amateur paintings that he finds online, in thrift and antique stores, and at flea markets and yard sales, Humphrey loosely paraphrases anonymous efforts with his own renditions of landscapes, still-lifes and portraits in which elements of the original artworks have been mutated and exaggerated to yield intensely layered images in terms of color, shape, ideas and discourse. Many of Humphrey’s pieces depict historical giants such as Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower (both amateur painters), who join the artist’s lineup of kitsch subject matter: kittens, poodles, ice cream cones, clowns, Christmas trees and puffs of snow.
Humphrey received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA in liberal studies from New York University. His first show was with the McKee Gallery in 1984, and he has since been exhibiting nationally and internationally. Humphrey’s work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Carnegie Institute, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, two New York Foundation Grants and the Rome Prize. He wrote a column for Art Issues from 1989-2002 and has written extensively on art for exhibition catalogs and art periodicals, including Art in America and Flash. An anthology of his writing, Blind Handshake, was released in 2009 by Periscope Publishing. Humphrey was appointed senior critic at Yale School of Art in 2007.
Group Exhibitions thru 1990