Ian Humphreys

Ian Humphreys

Ian Humphreys was born in Hertfordshire in 1956. He studied at Berkshire College of Art and Design between 1973 and 1975 and graduated with an honours degree in painting from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1979. Ian’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally since 1979 in private galleries, public exhibitions, and art fairs, as well as the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions.
Most recently, Ian was invited to collaborate with sculptor Didier Leemans at Galerie Stephanie Jaax in Brussels for an exhibition titled ‘All the Lost Souls’ in 2023. He has also completed various residencies throughout his career, including at the Uillinn arts centre in Skibbereen, County Cork in 2016, and at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, USA in 2014.

His style has become instantly recognisable and sought after, with his works being collected by celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Christy Moore, Frank Sinatra, Michael Stipe, Eddie Jordan, Teri Hatcher and Whoopi Goldberg.
Ian’s work features in art collections nationally and internationally, including at AIB, Burmah Castrol, Coopers & Lybrand, JP Morgan, the Office of Public Works in Dublin, JP Morgan, Reading Museum, the Sociétè Générales, Tate & Lyle, and Trinity College, Cambridge.

“His paintings are non-figurative, but instantly evoke memories and images of West Cork, with veils of grey rain sweeping in from the ocean and autumnal shades defying colour definition, in delicate variety and aptness.

He works both within and without a consciousness of twentieth century painting, applying and plying paint with the same vigour and freedom as the abstract expressionists, or of the artists liberated into the artistic world of St.Ives, but at the same time Humphreys has found his own personal voice in West Cork in the early twenty-first century.”

Peter Murray.