Mark Humphrey is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning, multidisciplinary artist and philanthropist quoted as, “A talented polymath with excellent entrepreneurial skills and genuine creative urgency.” He is based in London and works globally.
Humphrey said, “Magic happens…when the power of imagination is spontaneously created, as if it were child’s play.”
Discovering “dynamic” possibilities, about many aspects of civilisation, are at the core of Humphrey’s “prolific” wide-ranging practice. His experimental methods generate breakthrough opportunities, establishing Humphrey as, “a new super-discipline of visual creativity,”
Humphrey works with high-end automotive brands, business districts, commercial estates, cultural institutions, fashion labels, and property developers, global charities, government departments, embassies, and Armed Forces, luxury hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs, international academies, music labels, schools, and sports teams, national and military museums, renowned galleries and retailers, town and city councils, including established private collectors. Celebrities, government ministers, Lord Mayors, officials, and royalty, have dedicated his works.
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 architecture (BA Hons) at Middlesex University London. He founded Mark Humphrey Ltd in 2000.
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. His 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 Trail’ 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” works. 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, 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 sketchwork concepts across different industries, for example Aston Martin, Bentley, The British Museum, Chief of Defence People (MoD), 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 a guest speaker, 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. He is referenced in numerous art and design books, and featured throughout the global media spanning American, Asian, European, and Middle Eastern publications.
He 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. Humphrey is working on a new series for upcoming projects and exhibitions.