NotesDavid Humphries (b.1948) studied painting at the National Art School, Sydney and arts administration at the City University, London. In 1976 Humphries became involved in community arts projects in New York, and an advocate and practitioner of public art works with direct relevance to their locale and community.
During the decade following his return to Australia in 1978, Humphries with his parter Rodney Monk directed hundreds of mural projects. These included the 1985 Sulman Prize winning mural 'Think Globally Act Locally' at Redfern, 'Peace Justice & Unity', Park Street, Sydney and a mural series for the Devonshire Street subway, Central Railway Station. Humphries was the first Community Arts project officer appointed by the NSW Ministry for the Arts and in 1982 co-authored The Mural Manual for the Arts Council of NSW.
In 1985 Humphries formed Public Art Squad Pty Ltd which, while continuing to develop community-based projects, also accepted numerous corporate and government commissions. The company also expanded its practice beyond murals to mosaics, sculptures and terrazzo work. During the past two decades Public Art Squad has completed numerous commissions for public spaces including St Marys Cathedral Cardinal's House, Harbourside Darling Harbour, Le Meriden Hotel Noumea, The Glasshouse shopping centre, Sydney, Clunies Ross Centre for Science and Industry, Brisbane, Robina Town Centre, Gold Coast, Star City Casino, Campbelltown Regional Gallery, Canberra Exhibition Centre, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne.
Melbourne Mural Studio was founded in 1989 by David Jack, a former assistant to the leading mural artist David Freedman. Skygarden was MMS' first public commission, since when the Studio has produced numerous works for buildings including Australia on Collins, Chifley Tower, Melbourne Convention Centre, Performing Arts Museum, Melbourne, and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.