Nigel Humphries isn’t scared of The Joker, Doctor Octopus or Thanos, and he doesn’t think we should be either. “My aim is to make people smile when they look at my work,” he says. “I want to bring a sense of nostalgia and happiness.”
Since wowing the judges of our 2016 IN:SIGHT competition, the Stoke-on-Trent based artist has warmed hearts around the globe with his adorable miniature superheroes. His paintings are based on the characters created by DC Comics and Marvel legend Stan Lee.
Ahead of his upcoming artist appearance at our Solihull gallery (RSVP here), we’ve done some snooping into Nigel’s inspirations and the progression of his style. Read on to find out more!
Nigel loved painting and as a child drew dinosaurs, superheroes and monsters. Imagination has always played a strong part in his creativity, and TV programmes such as Captain Scarlet and Thunderbirds sparked the idea of toys being brought to life.
As a teenager, Nigel experimented with pastels and oil paints. He would take himself to the local library to study books on art and the Old Masters, copying their work to learn their craft whilst developing his own style through experimentation and exploration.
After school, Nigel found a job in the printing industry, specialising in lithographic prints. Through this, he gained a strong understanding of colours and how to mix them – along with the importance of paying attention to detail. Still-life painting (including Smarties and Cadbury Creme Eggs!) led to the depiction of Funko Pop characters he is known and loved for today.
26/10/2018The new additions to our Autumn 2018 collection illustrate childhood memories. Bob Barker, Nigel Humphries and Nigel Mason reveal a touching insight into their youth.
06/12/2018Iron Man, Deadpool and Black Panther are just a few of the superheroes brought to life in Nigel Humphries’ latest release. He dropped by Castle HQ to let us in on a few secrets, including his own superhero title!
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