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Card Players - Jack Humphrey


Card Players - Jack Humphrey


Card Players - Jack Humphrey


Title: Card Players, Saint John Drydock, 1944
Artist: Jack Humphrey
Image Size: 15 x 31"
Description: Colour serigraph on wove paper. Matted and framed under glass.



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Jack Weldon Humphrey (1901-1967) was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. In the 1920s, Humphrey studied under Philip Hale at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, and under Charles Hawthorne at New York's National Academy of Design. He took additional summer classes under Hawthorne at his Cape Cod School of Art. After completing his formal studies in 1929, Humphrey spent a year in Europe. In Paris, he sketched at the Grande Chaumière and took classes from Cubist painter André Lhote. In Munich, he spent ten weeks studying under Hans Hofmann. He then went on to Italy, Cologne, the Netherlands and Belgium. Humphrey returned to Saint John in the summer of 1930, several months into the Depression, and started painting the city and its inhabitants, creating still lifes, and doing field sketches in the region. He is best known as a painter, watercolourist, draughtsman and printmaker. He brought a modernist approach to both figurative and abstract work inspired by his native Saint John. Humphrey was a member of the Canadian Group of Painters, Eastern Group of Painters, Contemporary Arts Society, Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, Canadian Society of Graphic Arts, and International Association of Plastic Arts, and a Fellow of the International Institute of Arts and Letters. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of New Brunswick in 1951.

"My particular problem is to achieve quality which is as universal as it is contemporary while surrounded by a purely regional nourishment."  - Jack Humphrey




Humphrey's work from the 1930s shows that he was already concerned with formal organization and colour. The experimentation of his early work is evident in the drawing Still-life with Oil Lamp (1930). Edith White (1939) demonstrates the naturalism and textured brushwork that is typical of his portraits of children. In Shore of Night (1958), the artist moves towards more abstraction, with a new palette of primary colours with black accents.



Jack Humphrey


Canada: New Brunswick, Saint John





Canada: New Brunswick, Saint John



Collection of the Library and Archives, National Gallery of Canada