The Sims Reed Gallery in St James are offering the advent prize today which is really amazing…
You can win a special Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Gallery where the artist Humphrey Ocean RA will be giving a talk about his work to introduce his new exhibition there called ‘I’ve No Idea Either’ which is a retrospective of his prints but which also includes 2 new prints and some sculpture.
Humphrey Ocean RA started off as the bassist with the band ‘Kilburn and The High Roads’ but has had an incredible career over the past 30 years including painting portraits of Paul McCartney and Philip Larkin, exhibitions at The Tate, The Whitworth, Dulwich Picture Gallery and his acclaimed ‘A Handbook of Modern Life’ at The National Portrait Gallery in 2012. His work has a real sense of time, place and living and his vibrant prints often lead you to focus on the everyday nature of objects, which has inspired my own image at the top of the post today.
Since 2012 Humphrey Ocean has been Royal Academy Professor of Perspective, a position once held by J. M. W. Turner, so to actually hear him speak about his work over dinner is a truly inspirational prize!
If you have a look on the @stjameslondon Instagram account, there are details of how you can enter and there are more details about the whole advent calendar in St James Market Pavilion this year on their website here
You can also read my recent blog post about the St James Advent Calendar here
The two pieces of work shown beloware by Humphry Ocean…