PHILIPP RUDOLF HUMM
Philipp Rudolf is a German/Belgian artist living in London.
From a young age Philipp Rudolf had a great passion for the arts and took art and design classes. Humm says; “Art has always been a big part of my DNA. As a child I would lose myself for hours and hours painting, which I later realized was also a way of expressing my thoughts and emotions. I remember very clearly at a very young age sitting with my parents in our living room watching TV, (likely our first family TV). It was the unfolding tragic events of the Kennedy assassination. I was compelled to later translate this into a painting, again clearly allowing myself to use this medium as a form of emotional release”.
Despite this he was side tracked into academia finishing with a BA in Philosophy and a MBA. He then went on to have a successful corporate career. His passion for the arts remained consistent throughout his working life.
In 2012 Philipp Rudolf returned to London and was greatly inspired by this vibrant city and reconnected with his passion for art, spending up to 30 hours a week painting whilst still holding down a demanding day job. He finally transitioned to become a full time professional artist.
In 2015-16 Philipp Rudolf studied classical fine art at the London Fine Art Studio and at the Fine Art Academy in Florence.
His art typically bridges between classical painting and modern art. Rudolf is a neo narrative figurative painter. He works in “collections”, each series being based on a theme. Rudolf develops 20-30 sketches per series, out of which he creates his final paintings.
Philipp Rudolf’s work is influenced by his early studies of Philosophy. He specialized in Existentialism from Heidegger and Sartre. He prefers to express his philosophical thoughts and understandings through his art instead of words, as he believes that art is a more powerful and expressive medium to interact with people in this modern day society.
Philipp Rudolf has a profoundly curious mind, sharply observing and studying the dynamics of society. He plays with blurring of lines between humans and mannequins to convey the ease at which we can interchangeably go from being subjects to objects driven by material desires and expectations fuelled by mass consumerism. He is also fascinated by the transition between machine and human, which will greatly transform our society as the next generation of mobile networks will facilitate robotics. Rudolf likes to make historical references as he believes that the younger generations must be made aware of historical events to learn from the mistakes of the past.
Edward Lucie Smith describes Philipp Rudolf Humm as “a highly sophisticated artist, keenly aware of the cross-currents that exist within the now greatly extended world of contemporary art. In an acutely original fashion he merges classical painting techniques with Pop elements, to create a new kind of Expressionism, blending the influence of his German roots (the Blaue Reiter) and his Belgian ones (Delvaux and the Surrealist Movement). He is neither an abstract artist nor a landscape painter. His work belongs to a new phase in figurative art, which is transiting from the niche status forced upon it in the final stage of Modernism to become mainstream once again. Humm’s paintings succeed, very often, because they offer the viewer an echo chamber, one that resounds with cultural references, ancient and modern. This description of how they work is a paradox in itself, since paintings are essentially things made to be seen – not to be heard, not to be listened to. Humm’s compositions are efficient at putting a message across, yet these messages occupy very different levels of seriousness. Some are near-frivolous comments about the world we live in now. Others hit you with a bang. How you react to them is strictly up to you. One of their most salient common characteristics, however, is the desire to communicate thoughts and ideas in the most effective way possible. I think there can be no disagreement that this, in fact, is exactly what they do”.