Over five decades, the painter Humphrey Ocean RA's work has filtered into our national culture.
This includes his series of portraits entitled A handbook of modern life displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in 2013; his portrait of Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts; and the cover of Sir Paul McCartney's 2007 album Memory Almost Full, which featured one of the Chair series. Ocean's practice encompasses painting, printmaking, sculpture, book-making and drawing.
Of the last, he has said: 'Paper is lovely, immediate and personal.
I draw as an end in itself.' In 2019 his exhibition 'Birds, Cars and Chairs' is on display at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Of these subjects, he says: 'Birds, cars and chairs are, in that order, ancient, modern and intimate.
Without them life would be a lot less bearable.'These works are reproduced alongside others in the book to provide a fascinating overview of Ocean's career, with an essay by Ben Thomas, which sets out to discover exactly what it is that makes Ocean's art so appealing and universal.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages, 250 colour
- Publisher: RA Enterprises Ltd.
- Publication Date: 01/11/2019
- Category: Individual artists, art monographs
- ISBN: 9781912520268