Inside the Insanely Cool Studio of an L.A. Artist

Jillian Knox Finley

As editors, we’re continually fascinated by both the process and physical space in which creativity is allowed to thrive. In our new Artist in Residence series, we’ll be touring the residences and studios that our top-ranked tastemakers call home. Each month, we’ll select a singular and distinctive guide to take us down the rabbit hole of the American art scene. Our first tour took us inside the east L.A. studio of visual artist and musician Matt Maust. This week we're sitting down with another West Coast muse at the top of our ones-to-watch list.

Cheryl Humphreys exudes relaxed California cool. So much so, that one might not immediately guess that the East Coast native originally hails from Baltimore. At the helm of Los Angeles–based design studio Arms, Humphreys divides her time between art direction for a roster of stylish clients and the production of her own finer works. Drawing upon a background in printmaking and graphic design, her signature style often blends disparate themes into a polished and exacting standard. Humphreys’s subtle, embossed work on paper possess a quiet elegance and peering curiosity. Modern technology mixes with retro nostalgia. Feminist ideals blithely brush against self-aware, tongue-in-cheek wit. There’s also the impressive mastery of a white-on-white aesthetic.

I met up with Humphreys at her in-home studio to talk about muses, L.A.’s burgeoning art scene, and why sometimes pressure makes the best play. You should see what she can do with just a single sheet of paper.

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