Gary Hume

Painter Tenterden / United Kingdom

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Gary Hume
Gary Hume
Gary Hume

Gary Hume is a contemporary English artist best known for his stylized depictions of everyday objects using high-gloss industrial paint. Working in a simplified, reductive aesthetic, “The edge is the only thing that matters,” he explained of his paintings. “I used to think of the areas of color as tectonic plates meeting, so in the paintings it’s like there are these molten plates that would hit each other and dry. I wanted one of those plates to be higher than the other, and I wanted the hit to be more abrupt.” His work reflects an interest in Pop Art, while at the same time showing a reticence of style and nuance of color not usually associated with the movement. Hume is a member of the Young British Artists alongside the likes of Damien Hirst, coming into prominence in the early 1990s. Born on May 9, 1962 in Tenterden, England, he graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1988. Hume’s earliest notable works are his “door paintings” series, life-size representations of hospital doors that proved to be a critical success, attracting the attention of famed collector Charles Saatchi. Hume represented Great Britain in the 1999 Venice Biennale and maintains two studios, one in Accord, NY and the other in London, England.