John Humphreys

John Humphreys was born in Salford and studied at Rochdale Art College, Gloucestershire College of Art and Design and The Royal Academy of Arts Schools.

Having worked in the film industry, he fuses fine art with his experience with special effects, creating sculptures that confuse the viewer. His concern with distorted dimensions presents a fresh and interesting way of exploring portrait sculpture, making the viewer work hard to correct the information they are presented with. His sculpture is both surreal and superreal, challenging conventional perceptions of space and hinting at a fourth dimension. Although a fine art sculptor, he has worked in film and television including projects such as Doctor Who, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Rob Roy, Max Headroom and Alexander.

He also created the Alien for Alien Autopsy, the black and white film that launched worldwide controversy around a UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico. The sculptures are initially modeled in clay, further moulded in silicone, then cast into fiberglass and finally painted with many fine layers of translucent acrylic colour for depth. The eyes are painted with resin and natural pigments and as with the skin, in many layers to further build the three dimensional illusion. The hair is treated in a stylised way, again designed to lead the eye astray. The hypnotic effect of these sculptures renders most observers transfixed and alienated for a moment in time as their judgment of the human condition is temporally diverted.

Humphreys’ work is exhibited and collected internationally.

  • Beyond Reality

    Beyond Reality


    December 14, 2018 - December 28, 2018