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David Humphrey:
Pets, a President, and the Others

November 3 through December 16, 2012


David Humphrey, Ike's Bridge.

David Humphrey
Ike's Bridge
Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 86 in.

Exhibition Overview

Occasionally called a Pop Surrealist, Humphrey’s work hybridizes a variety of depiction schemes and idioms to make works charged with psycho-social content and narrative potential. This exhibition is a selection of work from over the past ten years.The images in this exhibition range from seemingly innocuous domestic scenes to a series based on the paintings of Dwight Eisenhower. Humphrey works in a comic mode with a strong psychological charge. Solitude, friendship, coupling, and interspecies companionship are recurring themes that emerge from the work’s cheery and graphic boldness. Genetic material from modernist abstraction, surrealism and pop art can be traced in Humphrey’s work but these works have thrived in the turbulent hyper-pluralist waters of contemporary art. Puppies, kitties, snowmen and women, Ike and a parade of other characters seek to amuse and perplex our sense of what it is to be a person.

Humphrey, Red Car

David Humphrey
Red Car

Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 in.