Celebrate spring with David Humphrey’s exhibit “Art in Bloom,” at Gallery 18 at the Riverdale Y through April 30. The community is cordially invited to the opening reception on Sunday, April 7, from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Humphrey’s oil paintings, in the style of contemporary realism, are straightforward interpretations and portrayals of a colorful range of subjects. His canvas is bold, clear and bright. Alive with movement and color, each work shares a point of view and tells a story. Humphrey credits the artists Norman Rockwell, Salvador Dali and Thomas Kinkade for much of his inspiration.
Humphrey was born on the island of Barbados. In 1968, he migrated with his family to New York. Humphrey studied illustration at the Parsons New School for Social Research, Studio Arts at CUNY Lehman College and at the Art Students League of New York. He exhibited his artwork as a member of the New Rochelle Art Association, New Rochelle Arts Council, Bell Harbor Association, Cornell University, Lehman College Art Gallery and the Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx Blue Bedroom Project. Several of Humphrey’s commissioned pieces reside in private collections. Dedicated to fostering arts in the community, Humphrey has taught a young children’s workshop in “Painting Butterflies” and has designed and painted a series of street murals at several venues.
Humphrey shared that “... I did not set out to create art about any particular topic or subject. I carry a sketchbook with me at all times, in which I make a pictorial journals for the things around me. As I spent more time observing and making sketches, I discovered that I could not be an observer without an opinion … Using my skills and passion for painting realism in my illustrations, I set out to create beautiful images of things I encounter in my daily life.”
By Yvette Finkelstein