Mark Humphrey is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning, English revolutionary creative, artist, designer, inventor, businessman and philanthropist. The Independent quoted him as “A talented polymath with excellent entrepreneurial skills and genuine creative urgency.”
Humphrey is passionate about amalgamating multiskilled expertise to empower creativity. He stated, “Design imagination. Build creativity. Improve change.” His multidisciplinary work for architecture, fashion, graphics, installations, interiors, objects, paintings, products, sculptures and transport has built a visionary portfolio. This is represented by his ADI360 philosophy code (Art, Design, Invent for wide-ranging subjects).
Humphrey’s multifaceted projects and vibrant method, as stated by The Times are “altogether different” where he is described as “a rare magician transforming absolutely unique” and “unusual things.” Experimenting on prolific possibilities that generate breakthrough opportunities are at the core of his high-standards and professional practice. Rooted in the principles of dynamic ideas and processes from concept to construction, Humphrey’s diverse works explore multidimensional physical, digital and psychological interactions.
Saatchi wrote, “Humphrey is more creative” which has established him as said by Identity magazine “a new super-discipline of visual creativity.” His current groundbreaking painting on air series attempts to reflect our age through his pioneering approach.
Humphrey is also known for his sketchbooks, making drawings and notes on a variety of interests including gastronomy, healthcare, outer space, poverty, religion and technology. Humphrey said, “Magic happens…when ink penetrates paper, seductively conjuring up ideas before your very eyes.” Quoted by The Financial Times “Humphrey is well-versed in blurring artistic boundaries” where “art really is life in Humphrey’s artistic hands.”
Humphrey was born 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 drawing, painting, model making and building everyday objects from a variety of materials, tools and techniques.
Pursuing his passion for creativity, Humphrey studied fine art (Diploma) at Maidenhead Art College and interior design (BA Hons) at Middlesex University London 1988-1993. He developed his career through architecture and design studios in Stuttgart, Leipzig, Oxford and London 1994-1999. In 2000 he launched Mark Humphrey Ltd, a London based creative company committed to delivering his unique works, editions, series and collections. Humphrey’s clients, collectors and partners are in the public, private and philanthropic sectors.
For over a decade Humphrey focused on his ‘Art In Life Series’ 2000-2012 making from an array of high-quality materials, such as bronze, crystal glass, Kevlar fibre, leather, marble and wood. He worked for brands, such as Apple Records (Beatles label), Fendi, Grosvenor Estate, Harrods, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Mittal Steel, Ralph Lauren, The Other Palace (Westminster City Council/Andrew Lloyd Webber) 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 private views and talks. Humphrey’s ‘Early Works’ 1992-1999 included architectural designs for Allianz Leipzig and Audi UK, motivating the idea to set up his foundation that inspires audiences, such as London, Beijing, Shanghai, Astana and Moscow.
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 UK Government (Ministry of Defence), was installed at One Canada Square 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 parade endorsed by Dover Town Council, Royal Engineers Museum and selected Military Corps regiments.
Humphrey’s “thought provoking and innovative” relevant works are “emotive and engaging,” as stated by The Royal British Legion. 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 and Greater London Authority, 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 through his philanthropy fund, such as ‘Forever’ 2014-2015 memorial for Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council and The British Armed Forces, dedicated by Princess Anne, HRH The Princess Royal for the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts; including from his ‘Philanthropic Creativity Series’ 2012-2015, ‘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. This inspired Humphrey’s exhibition ‘Extinction Art Expedition’ 2014 with works in Italy, such as ‘Here Today And Gone Tomorrow’ 2011-2013, ‘Blue Planet’ 2013-2014, ‘On A Knife-Edge’ 2014, and ‘Manners Maketh Man (This Aint’t Mickey Mouse)’ 2011-2013.
He has been invited to present sketch work concepts across different industries, for example Aston Martin, Bentley, The British Museum, Chief of Defence People (MoD), Churches Conservation Trust, Dent Clocks (Big Ben), Dior, 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) including his carbon fibre and titanium collection ‘Space Age Pieces nos1-11’ 2003.
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 design sculpture parks, 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.
He is currently partnering with British Canoeing Paralympic and Olympic canoe teams (ranked no1 in the world), making his first sports performance public artwork ‘Agitos, Rings And Medals’ 2019-2022 unveiled at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020. This progression was stimulated by ‘Nick Beighton pts1-2’ 2017-2018 portraits about trauma to champion of a British paracanoeist and former British Army officer.
Humphrey is also working on his new ‘Creativity For Sport Series’ 2019-2022 for upcoming exhibitions. He is attempting to produce original work, capturing the spirit of self-resilience by using inventive applications of illuminated oil paint. Humphrey is showcasing mental skills for sport and life, whilst exploring the relationship between materials, technology and light.