Humphrey Ocean RA
Doctor of Arts
A contemporary British Painter; Humphrey Ocean is Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy and attended art schools in Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and Canterbury.
Humphrey Ocean is a contemporary British painter. Born in Sussex in 1951, he went to art schools in Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and Canterbury. In 2004 he was elected a Royal Academician.
From 1971 to 1973 he was bass player with Kilburn and the Highroads. In 1984 he had his first major solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, where his portrait of Philip Larkin was described by Nick Hornby as ‘unanswerable’. Four years later he went to Northern Brazil with the American anthropologist Stephen Nugent and their book Big Mouth: The Amazon Speaks was published by Fourth Estate in 1990. His work is in the British Council Collection, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Imperial War Museum, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, National Maritime Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2009 he appeared in Life Class: Today’s Nude on Channel 4 television, directed by Alan Kane, a project with Artangel.
Humphrey Ocean’s exhibitions have included: Double-Portrait at the Tate Liverpool in 1992; urbasuburba at the Whitworth Art Gallery in 1997; The Painter’s Eye at the National Portrait Gallery in 1999. More recently, his Humphrey Ocean Perfectly Ordinary exhibition was hosted at the Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2009.
Lord Volvo and his Estate by Humphrey Ocean appeared on billboards across Britain as part of Art Everywhere in August 2013. In 2014 he completed a new portrait of Randy Lerner for the National Portrait Gallery. He also advised on Mike Leigh’s film, Mr Turner.