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Humphrey Ocean

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A beautiful book covering the career of the painter, printmaker and sculptor Humphrey Ocean RA

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.

  • Author: Ben Thomas
  • Hardcover: 336 pages | 250 colour illustrations
  • Date published: September 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1912520268
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 24.5  cm

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