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Humphrey Ocean: I Have No Idea Either at Sims Reed Gallery

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Sims Reed Gallery is delighted to announce the first exhibition of their 2018 programme - I've no idea either. The solo exhibition by British contemporary artist Humphrey Ocean RA takes place from 16 February - 16 March 2018. Though best known as a painter, Ocean discovered printmaking in recent years, in which he depicts everyday life in a witty and elegant way using his distinctive graphic style. The exhibition presents new editions as well as a selection of his early prints from 2004. Ocean's encounter and collaboration with Maurice Payne - the master printer who worked with David Hockney during the '60s and 70s - led the artist to discover etching and aquatint in 2004. His natural flair and sensitivity to the medium is evident, even though he says it is "the least easy, most labour intensive way to produce something indelible". In choosing ordinary subject matter he re-evaluates and questions the way we see things, whilst also seeming to slow time down by imbuing each work with a moment's pause. Everyday objects range from a cassette tape and porcelain dog to a drifting boat and empty chair, which are elevated and given prominence, allowing the viewer to question why he has paused to consider and drawn our attention to these commonplace 'things'. Highlights include the iconic Chair Series, notably featured on the cover of Sir Paul McCartney's 2007 album, Memory Almost Full. Well known for his distinctive portraits on paper, this series turns portraiture on its head by playfully alluding to human absence or presence - the object once again taking centre stage. Two new editions of this series will also be on show, Evergreen and Purple Chair, which develop past themes.

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Sims Reed Gallery

43 Duke Street
+44 (0)20 7930 5566
Public transport:
Green Park, Underground

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