Signature of a Pond

Jack Humphrey

BIRTH YEAR 1901
BIRTH PLACE Saint John, New Brunswick
DEATH YEAR 1967
DEATH PLACE Saint John, New Brunswick

Mostly known for his figurative watercolour paintings, Jack Humphrey was born in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1901. Humphrey was always interested in expressing what he called “purely regional” sentiments. His paintings depict the scenes from his hometown while his introspective portraits deal with subjects ranging from his friends to the city’s children. In his later career, however, Humphrey was influenced by European abstract expressionism and became a part of the Canadian expressionist movement. This work was painted with oil and uses abstract techniques emphasizing black highlights and non-objective figures.

MEDIUM Oil on masonite
DATE 1961
DIMENSIONS 101.6cm x 76.2cm x 0.3cm
ACCESSION NUMBER FAC 0490
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
A busy abstract image with multiple twisted shapes and various colours. Predominantly black/grey with strokes of green, yellow, blue, violet and orange.

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