David Humphries Artist & Director of Public Art Squad
Fascinated by and familiar with culture worldwide, David has gained an enormous and eclectic wealth of experiences and references to exploit.
Preferring the challenge of streets and open public spaces to the cloistered refuge of galleries and museums, consistently choosing formats that enable him to integrate art with life.
For over four decades David has focused on enrichment of the urban environment and directed his art to the enjoyment and stimulation of the broad general public.
ARTIST STATEMENT - DAVID HUMPHRIES
Underpinning my public artwork is a desire to create images that acknowledge those who have gone before us and to respond to the aspirations and needs of the current and future users of the space. My work is often characterised by the interaction of the old and new, the real and the unreal: traditional cultures and contemporary life, the natural and the built environment. The viewer (or user) reacts to the work on several levels - the layers of images and/or text; the simplicity and richness of the colours and forms within the work; and the transformation of the space or place by the work.
In the same way that cities, natural environments and cultures have their own dynamic, cycles and rhythms, I believe public art should also be energetic, flowing and always, be able to speak to the viewer.
I have been privileged to work and collaborate with diverse groups of people - from
Indigenous desert women the fashion designers of London; from environmentalists in far north Queensland to trade unionists in Tasmania; from small suburban community projects to large international projects. From all these experiences and from the people who have shared their stories, I have learned much and my work has benefited.
Through each stage of a project I draw on local expertise and knowledge to complement my own experiences and research, to inform the design and development of the work. The materials I use provide an inspirational range of colour, durability, flexibility and functionality. Architectural and environmental references influence the style and statement of the work.