David Humphrey

1. I may have glancingly met Harry Roseman earlier but he became emphatically real during final reviews at Yale in 2007. I was participating there with his wife Catherine Murphy, among others, and Harry would attend meals between our marathon sessions. I learned that he was working on an ongoing project in the hotel room while we chattered away all day. I’ve never seen that work but have never lost the sense of Harry Roseman and his interminable artworks.


2. My paintings are frequently depictions of depictions. I will copy an amateur painting, for instance, the way a band might cover a song written by someone else, or the way a singer renders an old chestnut. I try to get inside the other person’s point of view to stretch my own. Sometimes the preexisting image, like an eccentrically generic landscape, will provide a location for one of my paintings. Sometimes a sad clown or beloved pet painting will provide the protagonist. My handmade renditions, though, take a lot of liberties with the originals. I will add characters or exaggerate and mutate elements. But the work will evolve from contact with the original and will carry iconographic elements, and sometimes feelings, into the finished state.


David Humphrey is a New York artist who is represented by the Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, NY. He is a senior critic at the Yale School of Art. An anthology of his art writing, Blind Handshake, was published by Periscope Publishing and is distributed by Prestel.


- October 18, 2013


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