at Sims Reed Gallery Since the 1970s, Humphrey Ocean (b.1951) has carved out a reputation for himself as one of Britain’s most accomplished figurative artists. His work straddles the boundary between meticulous observation and idiosyncratic expressionism, resulting in images with a quizzical, almost childlike perspective. Although best known as a portrait painter and a draughtsman, Ocean has, over the past decade, tried his hand at printmaking and sculpture, the results of which are collected in this engaging exhibition. This show reflects that variety, from the picture of an audio cassette rendered in bold, Julian Opie-ish outline, turning its subject into something like an emoji, to a beautiful print depicting rippling water as a series of undulating contours. The sculptures, meanwhile, evoke Joseph Cornell’s toyshop surrealism, Roger Ackling’s quasi-pagan woodcraft and the pop art of Peter Blake. It may not be Ocean’s most accomplished work, but it is highly entertaining. Prices range from £1,000 to £15,000. 43a Duke Street St. James’s, London SW1 (020-7930 5111). Until 16 March.
Love Chair (2006): 94.6cm x 77.4cm