Mark Humphrey is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist, designer and inventor working across many aspects of life with a diverse curiosity, scope, and scale of interests, quoted as “a talented polymath with excellent entrepreneurial skills and genuine creative urgency.”
Experimenting on “dynamic” possibilities is at the core of Humphrey’s “prolific” wide-ranging and high-standard multidisciplinary practice. His pioneering methods and multifaceted approach generate breakthrough opportunities establishing Humphrey as, “a new super-discipline of visual creativity.”
Humphrey said, “Magic happens…when the power of imagination is spontaneously created, literally appearing right in front of your eyes.” His vibrant series of unique works and commissions have produced a portfolio of “visionary” commercial, licence, private, and philanthropic projects.
Humphrey was born in 1970 in Wiltshire and grew up in Berkshire with an arts and craft family upbringing. From a young age, he was compelled to interpret the world around him through sketching, model making, and building everyday objects from a variety of materials, tools, and techniques.
From 1988 to 1993, Humphrey studied fine art (Diploma) at Maidenhead Art College and interior design (BA Hons) at Middlesex University London. He founded Mark Humphrey Ltd in 2000, a London based company working globally specialising in a brand of high-quality architectural, installation, interior, painting, product, sculpture, and sketchwork subjects.
Humphrey works with high-end automotive brands, business districts, commercial and private estates, cultural institutions, fashion labels including luxury goods brands, and property developers; global charities, foundations, and trusts; government departments, armed forces, and embassies; luxury hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs; international academies, schools, and universities; music labels and film studios; national and military museums; Olympic and Paralympic teams; renowned galleries and retailers; town and city councils; including established private collectors. Celebrities, government ministers, Lord Mayors, officials, and royalty have dedicated his public artworks.
For over a decade Humphrey focused on his ‘Art In Life Series’ 2000-2012, producing commissions and licences for brands, such as Apple Records (Beatles label), Fendi, Grosvenor Estate, Harrods, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Mittal Steel, The Other Palace (Westminster City Council), Ralph Lauren, and The Rug Company. Including collectors, such as Claudia Schiffer, George Harrison, Michael Schumacher, Ringo Starr, Sean Fitzpatrick, and Steven Gerrard.
This concluded with his ‘Art In Life’ 2012 solo show at the Osborne Samuel gallery Mayfair. He was then offered the position of Artist-in-Residence at Jumeirah Mayfair, from 2012-2015, producing commissions, exhibitions, hosting previews and talks. Humphrey’s earlier works included architectural designs for Allianz Leipzig and Audi UK.
Since his first Mayfair solo show in 2008, Humphrey’s work has been shown throughout the world. His major WW1 Centenary solo exhibition ‘Remembrance Art Trails nos1-2’ 2016-2018 and ‘Art Honours Our Heroes’ 2018, commissioned by Canary Wharf Group and supported by The Royal British Legion, Corps of Royal Engineers, and Ministry of Defence, was installed at One Canada Tower lobby and across the Canary Wharf estate. A selection of works from his ‘War And Remembrance Series’ 2013-2018 are now permanently displayed covering various sites in the UK; Dover seafront trail endorsed by Dover Town Council, Royal Engineers Museum, and selected Military Corps regiments.
Humphrey is known for his “thought provoking and innovative” projects. Notable examples include ‘Jutland Capsule’ 2016 dedicated by HRH The Duke of York, deployed by the Royal Navy at the protected wreckage site of HMS Invincible, in association with BAE Systems and part of the battle of Jutland Centenary group show at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich;
‘Every One Remembered’ 2013-2014 statue commissioned by The Royal British Legion in collaboration with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, unveiled in Trafalgar Square, with dedications by the First Minister of Wales and Lord Provost of Glasgow, Scotland; and ‘Poppy Appeal Sculptures’ 2013-2016 displayed throughout many CBRE and Land Securities UK shopping centres, as well as the Royal Armouries and Royal Air Force Museums.
Humphrey has donated and sponsored a number of public artworks from his ‘Philanthropy Creator Series’ 2012-2015, such as ‘Forever’ 2014-2015 memorial for Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council and The British Armed Forces, dedicated by HRH The Princess Royal for the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts; ‘Hanging On For Dear Life’ 2012 for Prostate Cancer UK previewed at 10 Downing Street; and ‘Beauty Of Partnerships’ 2008-2009 for Women For Women International.
He has been invited to present sketch concepts across different industries, for example Aston Martin, Bentley, The British Museum, Chief of Defence People (MoD), Churches Conservation Trust, Dent Clocks (Big Ben), Dunhill, Football Association, FIFA, Four Seasons, John Lewis Partnership, Kazakhstan National Museum and City Planning, Lacoste, Lawn Tennis Association, LVMH, Natural History Museum, Nike, Paul Smith, Pemberton (Rolling Stones), Premier League, Rolls Royce Cars, Royal Air Force, Sunseeker, Tag Heuer, and U.S. Embassy London.
Humphrey has received many awards in recognition of his achievements, such as The International Design and Architectural Awards for best bespoke product ‘Final Encore’ 2011-2012; The London Club and Bar Awards for best new club ‘Jalouse’ 2008-2009; MIPIM Awards for best new residential building and Architect Design Merit Awards (Hong Kong Institute) for best new building ‘Grosvenor Place’ 2000-2003 (collaboration with PDP London).
Having been a benefactor to the Design Museum London and the Italian Cultural Institute Belgravia, Humphrey was selected for the UK Government (Department of Trade and Industry) creative industries delegation travelling to Beijing and Shanghai China. He has also been invited to judge competitions, present industry awards, and be guest speakers, such as the Royal Institute of British Architects London.
His workshops and talks are sought after worldwide, hosted at American Express London, Art Nouveau Design School Kazakhstan, British Canoeing, British Embassy Moscow, Creed Design School Paris, Detail Design School Moscow, KLC Design School London, and Machida Hiroko Academy Tokyo.
Humphrey’s work is showcased across various international fairs, such as Art Frieze London, Masterpiece London, Maison Objet Paris, and Salone del Mobile Milan. They are referenced in numerous art and design books, and featured throughout the global media spanning American, Asian, European, and Middle Eastern publications.
Humphrey is currently working on a new ‘Sin-thetic Age Series’ 2018-2021 for upcoming events. By combining his multiskilled expertise, he attempts to reflect the synthetic world and our information age through an original collection of painting and sculpture.
He is collaborating with the GB Paralympic Canoe Team on sports performance artworks under his philanthropic projects, due to be unveiled at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2021. Humphrey is also designing a high-end restaurant, bar and club brand in Mayfair, London, that connect art and design with a macro to micro concept.