Gary Hume

English artist Gary Hume (b.1962) graduated from Goldsmith’s College, London, in 1988. He was part of Damien Hirst’s 1988 Freeze exhibition now considered to be the launch of the Young British Artists. He currently lives and works in London and upstate New York.

Departing from his ‘door paintings’ Hume started making small-scale gloss paintings on aluminium, using images from the media, celebrities and animals. His bright palette and 2-D surfaces describe simplified forms often describing pop culture and child hood idioms.

Solo exhibitions include Cave Paintings, White Cube, London, 2006; baby Birds and Things That Are Left Behind, Galleries Lorcan O’ Neill, Rome, 2008 and Door Paintings, Modern Art, Oxford, 2008, while recent group exhibitions include Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990-2006, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China, 2006; Demons, Yarns and Tales: Tapestries by Contemporary Artists, The Dairy, London, UK, 2008 and Art Is For The Spirit: From the UBS Art Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2008.

Photo: Georgie Hopton

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