Humphrey Ocean

The Week Middle East - - Arts | Art -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.