Bulbul (framed)

by Humphrey Ocean RA

As part of the exhibition Humphrey Ocean RA: Birds, Cars and Chairs, this work is on show in the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, until 18 August 2019.

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Artwork details

Artist Humphrey Ocean RA
Colour Yellow/Multicolour
Dimensions 77 x 52cm
Fabric & material Gouache
Medium Painting

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Artwork description

Much of Humphrey Ocean’s work refers to, in his words, ‘our alluringly unnatural world’, and this extends to living creatures within that sphere. He spends much of his time ‘with an eye on local habits and the way the human mind adapts and reveals itself’.

‘This is one of a few of the birds I see just outside Nairobi, up the road from where my sister Rachel lives. They are local, a bit like our garden birds so nothing overly exotic, but of course to me they are. I go and stay with my sister in Kenya as often as I can. She goes early to bed to be up early but not me. So I go to my room, listen to Spotify and write and paint things I’ve seen in the day into an A6 book. The book extends my brief time there when I come back to England.’

‘Bulbuls are as common as sparrows, but there aren’t so many sparrows as there used to be. Nothing can be taken for granted.’
Humphrey Ocean, 2018

Artist Sales: This work is sold by the artist. The sale is facilitated by RA Enterprises (RAE) for which they receive only a commission from the artist.

This unique work is sold framed.

About Humphrey Ocean RA

Humphrey Ocean studied at Canterbury College of Art from 1970 to 1973. During that time, he played bass with Kilburn and the Highroads and the band supported The Who on their 1973 Christmas Tour. His first major solo exhibition in 1984 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, was followed by shows at Tate Liverpool, Whitechapel Gallery, London and, in 2003, how’s... Go to artist page