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Gritty Urban Humour: Art by Dylan Humphries

A painting of a worm and a man with an apple for a headWormy Wall St.

Today let’s take a look at the artwork of Dylan Humphries. Dylan is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC. His artistic practice focuses on painting, with an edge of gritty urban humour.


Among his influences, Dylan lists Spawn comics, MAD Magazine and the rap group Public Enemy, amounting to a modern, tongue-in-cheek, almost bratty artistic style. His paintings are saturated with colour - though that colour is often dark and grimy. Sometimes abstract, sometimes figural and sometimes a blend of the two, Dylan’s work celebrates the aesthetics of street-art murals and bathroom wall graffiti.


A painting of a skull smoking a pipe on an abstract backgroundSealed, oil on canvas

A Good Day Above Ground series on Dylan Humphries' websiteDyaln's series A Good Day Above Ground on his website

Dylan's paintings have a certain heaviness to them, with a thick, textured application of media as well as hard outlines delineating figures and subjects. These thick outlines sometimes necessitate cartoonishly stylized versions of people and objects, lending the work its apparent sense of black humour.  

A painting of some scaffolding viewed from belowHeadspace

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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