Opening Show – Wednesday 13th February
Philipp Humm’s stunning images create a framework where classical allusion is fused with contemporary cultural stereotypes. Focusing often on the female form, the alienation of Humm’s subjects take on a spectacularly 21st Century relevance – in ‘Beckett’, a model appears in classical setting with the torso of David Beckham, complete with ‘sleeve’ tattoo. In ‘Selfie’, the pathology of total self-absorption in the social media age is laid bare. The stunning imagery in Humm’s large scale canvasses is not always comfortable but intensely thought provoking and surprises the viewer with moments of candid beauty. Humm’s sculpture is equally captivating, exploring themes of female to male relationship and power play. An artistic experience and journey quite unlike any other – the ultimate processing of the work lies, as with any great artist, just, tantalisingly, out of reach, but resonates long after the exhibition has ended.
Philipp Humm was born in 1959 in Germany. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Saarland University, Germany and MBA from IMD in Switzerland. On returning to his art practice in 2015, after 10 years as Tech Executive, he studied at London’s Fine Art Studio and Florence’s Academy of Art. He currently lives and works in London.