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February 15, 2012 by Kay

4th February - 1st April 2012

Photograph provided by the PinchukArtCentre © 2011. Photographed by Sergey Illin

PinchukArtCentre presents the first solo exhibition by the British artist Gary Hume in Eastern Europe. The show entitled Beauty includes more than 60 paintings, drawings and two sculptures.

Gary Hume’s painting seduces often by being beautiful. Starting his artistic practice with his famous “door paintings”, life-size representations of hospital doors, which he made from 1980s until 1993, later researching themes like a human body, portrait, nature, birds, flowers, etc. With high-gloss household paint on aluminium sheets he creates cool and slick fields of colour defining the surface. In general Hume’s practice is characterised by this unique chose of material combined with the strategy of starting his painting from existing images which through a lengthy process of abstraction are rarely traceable within the final work.

Photograph provided by the PinchukArtCentre © 2011. Photographed by Sergey Illin

Eckhard Schneider, General Director of the PinchukArtCentre: “Gary Hume is a painter who reflects Beauty in the most sensitive way, in colouring and shaping human beings and nature. His exhibition is a wonderful view into a new world.”

The show offers a complex view of Gary Hume as an artist caught up in the tension between beauty and concept. The show combines some essential older works with recent work groups such as Rainbow, Anxiety and the Horse and several newly created paintings and sculptures such as the series Bikini, never shown in public before, as well as other drawings and paintings.

Beauty is located on the 4th floor  in the PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine. Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 12 am to 9 pm. Admission is free.

Photograph provided by the PinchukArtCentre © 2011. Photographed by Sergey Illin