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Humphrey Ocean Lapis Love Chair
Humphrey Ocean Lapis Love Chair
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25. Humphrey Ocean RA

Lapis Love Chair

Medium: oil on canvas

Execution date: 2009

Dimensions: 73 x 93 cm unframed

Inscription: signed on reverse


£15,000 - 20,000
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Humphrey Ocean, born in Sussex in 1951, went to art schools in Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and Canterbury. From 1971 to 1973 he was bass player with Kilburn and the Highroads and in 2004 was elected a Royal Academician. In 1984 he painted a portrait of Philip Larkin for the NPG. In 1988 he went to Northern Brazil with the anthropologist Stephen Nugent. Their book Big Mouth: The Amazon Speaks was published by Fourth Estate. Exhibitions include ‘Double-Portrait’, Tate Liverpool 1992; ‘urbasuburba, The Whitworth, University of Manchester 1997; 'The Painter's Eye', National Portrait Gallery 1999; 'how's my driving', Dulwich Picture Gallery 2003; ‘Perfectly Ordinary;, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury Christ Church University 2009; ’Here and There', Jesus College, Cambridge 2011; ‘A handbook of modern life’, National Portrait Gallery 2013; 'I've No Idea Either', Sims Reed Gallery, London 2018; ‘Birds, Cars and Chairs’, Royal Academy of Arts 2019. 

His work is in the British Council Collection, The Whitworth, University of Manchester, Imperial War Museum, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, National Maritime Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2018 he talked with artist Mark Alexander in Only Artists on BBC Radio 4, featured in ‘Drawing Together’ at The Courtauld Gallery, ‘From Life’ at Royal Academy of Arts and hung Gallery 4 for the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 2019 he was a guest on BBC Radio 4 Start the Week: Hogarth, Freud and Ocean; two new books were published: A Book of Birds by Humphrey Ocean and a major new monograph, Humphrey Ocean by Ben Thomas (both RA Publications). In 2020 he showed three new self portraits in ‘Me, Myself and I’, Christine König Galerie, Vienna.

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