David Humphreys has lived in Sussex for over fifty years. We first exhibited his work over a decade ago and now in his 80s he is still at the height of his powers and pushing his work in new directions. David’s work is rooted in the landscape, he walks for miles from his home nestling in the South Downs to Cissbury or Chanctonbury and down to the sea. A lyrical painter in the British pastoral tradition he is influenced not only by the landscape but the layers of history overlaid upon it.
When not in Sussex, David is drawn to the far flung corners of the British Isles, setting forth in his red camper van. He responds to the purity and geography of these places. The vast sweeps of deserted beaches running into sheltered coves, the ancient hills swathed in mist, the bare rocks, coarse grass and whitewashed cottages hugging the shore or nestled in a dip of farmland. With his luminous but restrained palette, his feeling for rhythm and form Humphreys celebrates the land as a life force.
He has shown throughout Britain, New York, South America and on the Continent. He is a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and represented in many private, corporate and museum collections including the Arts Council of Great Britain, the National Library of Wales and the Department of the Environment.