Ian Humphreys

Ian Humphreys was born in Hertfordshire in 1956. He studied at Exeter College of Art, gaining a BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting in 1979. Ian moved to Ireland in 1999 and now lives and works on Heir Island, West Cork.

Since 1979, Ian has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Hunting Prize, winning 2nd prize in 1998. He has also been represented at art fairs throughout the world.

Ian has had 24 solo exhibitions since graduating.

In 2014 he was invited to participate in the prestigious residency programme at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut in America.

Artist’s Statement

...My current work is a direct response to living on the coastline of West Cork, Ireland. Sea, sky, tide, the changeable and vibrant weather and light, space and paint are the timeless elements that are the essence of my paintings.


Allied Irish Bank
Bantry General Hospital
Beacon Medical Group & Hospital
British Rail Board
Burmah Castrol
Carr Communications Ltd
Coopers & Lybrand
Cork University Hospital
Credit Suisse
Glaxo Smithkline
James Capel
JP Morgon
Office of Public Works, ROI
Oyster Point Ltd
Pinsent & Manson
Reading Museum & Art Gallery
Societé Generale
Tate & Lyle Sweeteners
Trinity College, University of Cambridge
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Bach Elegy Study 1

Bach Elegy Study 1 by Ian Humphreys