Humphrey Ocean: Monograph

Commissioned by : Humphrey Ocean & Royal Academy


This was the first Monograph for painter, printmaker and sculptor Humphrey Ocean RA. The Monograph which was two years in the creation spans Humphrey’s work from his early days (being taught by Ian Drury at Maidstone College of Art) all the way to Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy of Arts with only a minor deviation as bass player in Kilburn and the Highroads. It covers painting, drawing and sculpture and is a comprehensive work.


Humphrey’s work is deeply satisfying to work on as it is a challenge to reproduce well. Whilst seeming to be gentle colour it is, in fact, very precise with defined colour shifts each of an exact shade – often grey. Alongside this, the design team had requested a Swiss bound book with sections neatly divided with single leaves on Colorplan paper. To accommodate this we worked out a very specific imposition scheme to ensure the two page tip-ins are placed between sections. 

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  • Quantity: 1200 copies
  • Size: 300 x 240mm (portrait)
  • Pre-press reproduction and artwork all in house here at Hurtwood.
  • Print management by the Hurtwood production team.
  • Design: Hyperkit studio.
  • Printing: Printed in Germany using four colour process on Mohawk paper.
  • Cover: A four page cover in Colorplan white board foil blocked in black foil on the face, spine and back.
  • Binding: The pages are folded, gathered and thread sewn then Swiss bound using vibrant orange bookcloth tape on the spine wrapping round onto the face of the book block which is then fixed onto the back of cover.
  • Dust Jacket: A clear acetate unprinted jacket with flaps.