MARK HUMPHREY LTD
Mark Humphrey Ltd (MHL) is a British Art & Design brand specialising in high-quality architectural, installation, interior, painting, product, and sculpture projects. Founded in 2000 by Mark Humphrey, the internationally acclaimed award-winning company is based in London and works globally.
MHL’s mission is building a unique multidisciplinary portfolio, by combining their expertise in Art + Design + Invention for custom-made commissions and licences.
MHL 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 their public project works.
Mark Humphrey was born in 1970 in Wiltshire and grew up in Berkshire. From 1988 to 1993, he studied fine art (Diploma) at Maidenhead Art College and interior design (BA Hons) at Middlesex University London.
Humphrey is an artist, designer and inventor working across many aspects of life, quoted as “A talented polymath with excellent entrepreneurial skills and genuine creative urgency.”
Creating “dynamic” possibilities for visionary clients, is at the core of his “prolific” wide-ranging and high-standard practice. His pioneering methods generate breakthrough opportunities establishing Humphrey as, “a new super-discipline of visual creativity.”
His distinctive, artistically designed concept sketches, are the DNA of every project which connect MHL’s team of artisans, consultants, and professionals.
Humphrey said, “Magic happens…when the power of imagination is spontaneously created, literally appearing right in front of your eyes.”
For over a decade MHL focused on their ‘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 their ‘Art In Life’ 2012 solo show at the Osborne Samuel gallery Mayfair. They were then offered the position of Artist-in-Residence at Jumeirah Mayfair, from 2012-2015, producing commissions, exhibitions, hosting previews and talks. Mark Humphrey’s earlier works included architectural designs for Allianz Leipzig and Audi UK.
Since their first Mayfair solo show in 2008, MHL’s work has been shown throughout the world. Their major WW1 Centenary solo exhibition ‘Remembrance Art Trails no1-2’ 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 their ‘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.
MHL are known for their “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.
MHL has donated and sponsored a number of public artworks, 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.
MHL 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.
MHL has received many awards in recognition of their 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, MHL was selected for the UK Government (Department of Trade and Industry) creative industries delegation travelling to Beijing and Shanghai China. They have also been invited to judge competitions, present industry awards, and be guest speakers, such as the Royal Institute of British Architects London.
MHL’s 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.
MHL’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.
MHL is currently collaborating with the GB Paralympic Canoe Team on sports performance philanthropic artworks, due to be unveiled at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020. They are working on a new series for upcoming projects and events.