London-based artist Tom Humphreys’ exhibition Animal Kingdom at Rob Tuffnell (March 9 – April 8, 2017) featured a new series of large scale ‘paintings’ composed of wall-mounted grids of glazed ceramic tiles.
Humphreys used industrially produced components as a base to which he applied his decals. The tiles are then re-fired in a kiln to fix the decals permanently within the glaze. Preserved in the glaze are Pantone colors or collaged photographic material of both exotic and everyday subjects. The works utilized a 21st century, digital revision of the process of decalcomania.
Although trained as a sculptor, Humphreys is best known for his paintings that are variously both representational and abstract and engage a variety of different media. This exhibition is Humphrey’s second exhibition with the gallery following Casa Particular in London (2014).
Other recent solo exhibitions of his work include Under the Wing, Forde, Geneva (2017), Fingers, Christian Andersen, Copenhagen (2016) and Bird Food, What Pipeline, Detroit (2015). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (2015).
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