Humm portrays society, its iconography and celebrity culture in search for existentialist meanings to life, also capturing the transformative impact technology has and will have on mankind. He links historical references to modern imagery, unveiling the repetitiveness of history. His compositions are defined by both their metaphysical origins and their rendering in hard-edges and vivid colours, that saw critic Edward Lucie-Smith label his art as ‘Pop Expressionism’,
Smith remarks of the work, as Humm says: ‘Classical art can often be all about craftsmanship and skill and can lack creativity. On the other hand, conceptual art can be looked at as being all concept.’ Thus this artist mocks the classical with the modern and mocks the modern’s icons and heroes.
Philipp Rudolf Humm was born in 1959 in Germany. He studied Philosophy and Business at Saarland University, Germany and at IMD in Switzerland. On returning to his art practice, he studied at London’s Fine Art Studios and Florence’s Academy of Art.
Humm’s work has been exhibited at the museum of Nevada (contemporary gallery) in Las Vegas. Humm was selected for Context New York and Modern and Contemporary Los Angeles art fairs. Solo shows of his work have taken place at London’s Saatchi gallery with Rossana, Riflemaker and Hix galleries. He was exclusive fair-artist at PURE London and a finalist with Ashurst, Circle Art, Sunny Art Centre and Broadway Art Festival.
His work has been included in group shows in New York, London, Germany and Italy.
Humm has been criticially acclaimed by the press including The Guardian, The Times, Wall Street Journal and Handelsblatt. Humm is also a feature film producer and director. He currently lives and works in London.
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