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Gary Hume

(b. 1962)


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(1962– )

British painter and sculptor, born in Tenterden, Kent. He graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1988 and participated in Damien Hirst's ‘Freeze’ exhibition in that year. His work up until 1993 was in the form of large rectangular paintings reminiscent of hospital swing doors. He was playing on the architectural associations of big abstracts. Afterwards he embarked on the paintings for which he is best known. These are in highly reflective gloss paint, representing recognizable forms in simple outlines. As source material, he sometimes uses celebrity figures such as Sid Vicious or the radio disc jockey Tony Blackburn, popular with the older generation but rather a joke for the young, familiar enough to be identifiable but not yet a cliché. He was represented in the *‘Sensation’ exhibition of 1997, but any controversy over his work has come about not so much because of challenging subject-matter but because the paintings are remarkably easy to enjoy yet very difficult to intellectualize about. In 2007 in an exhibition on the theme of American cheer leaders, he also exhibited sculpture.

Subjects: Art.


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