Nigel Humphries' monsters and superheroes

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.

We’ve done some snooping into Nigel’s inspirations and the progression of his style. Read on to find out more!

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Nigel Humphries

An imaginative childhood

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.

Teenage experimentation

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.

Finding superheroes

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 superhero characters he is known and loved for today.

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From the blog

Autumn 2018 collection

26/10/2018

Our Autumn 2018 collection features touching artworks inspired by childhood memories. Bob Barker, Nigel Humphries and Nigel Mason reveal a rare insight into their youth.

What’s your superhero name? Nigel Humphries

06/12/2018

Iron 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!

Hitting the high notes with Nigel Humphries' Mixtape

23/09/2020

While these musical superstars may be tiny, their attitudes certainly aren't! Click to discover some of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll, plus a behind-the-scenes peek at Nigel's visit to Castle HQ.

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