Gary Hume  (British, 1962) 

Gary Hume (British, b.1962) is a painter best known for his association with the Young British Artists prominent in the 1990s. He attended and graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1988. Hume's work was included in Freeze, a Damien Hirst (English, b.1965) exhibition, and East Country Yard, a warehouse exhibition that included works by Henry Bond (English, b.1966) and Sarah Lucas (English, b.1962).

Early in his career, Hume was noted for his Door Paintings, which were true-to-size paintings representing hospital doors. His work was also included in Brilliant, an exhibition by the Young British Artists in 1995. In 1997, the touring exhibition of Charles Saatchi's art collection, Sensation, included Hume's work while at the Royal Academy in London. Hume changed the direction of his work and began painting with household gloss paint on aluminum. These paintings typically included animals and celebrities, such as English DJ Tony Blackburn. He used just a few colors for this work. One of Hume’s notable pieces is Snowman (1996), in which he uses three shades of red.

Hume was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996 and lost to Douglas Gordon (Scottish, b.1966). He proceeded to represent Great Britain in 1999 at the Venice Biennale, where he showe a number of superimposed line drawings called the Water series. In 1999, Hume's work was in a one-person exhibition held at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. In 2001, he was elected a Royal Academician. Hume created an exhibition in January of 2012 titled Indifferent Owl, which was hosted by White Cube in both the Hoxton Square and Mason's Yard locations in London, England. Hume compares the concept of this exhibition to his approach to painting. Having seen an owl one night as it watched a balloon float by and catch in a tree, Hume imagined the owl to be indifferent to the process. He compared the way he sees life to the way the owl saw the balloon, with indifference and from a distance. Hume resides and works in London, England, and Accord, NY.

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Gary Hume, The Cleric


Gary Hume
The Cleric

Robert Fontaine Gallery
Gary Hume, Nasturtiums After Georgie (ii)


Gary Hume
Nasturtiums After Georgie (ii)

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
Gary Hume, London Fields


Gary Hume
London Fields
The Paragon Press
Gary Hume, Pearl


Gary Hume

White Cube
Gary Hume, Pink Rose


Gary Hume
Pink Rose

White Cube
Gary Hume, American Tan II (Bronze)


Gary Hume
American Tan II (Bronze)

White Cube
Gary Hume, American Tan VII (Bronze)


Gary Hume
American Tan VII (Bronze)

White Cube
Gary Hume, Sculpture 8


Gary Hume
Sculpture 8

White Cube
Gary Hume, Paradise Painting Three


Gary Hume
Paradise Painting Three

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Gary Hume, Michael


Gary Hume
Michael, 2002
color screenprint


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Gary Hume, Vicious


Gary Hume
Vicious, 1994
gloss paint on panel


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Gary Hume, London Plane Leaves


Gary Hume
London Plane Leaves
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1962   Born: in Kent, England
1988   Graduated, Goldsmith’s College, London, England
1996   Recipient, Turner Prize nomination
1997   Recipient, Jerwood Prize
  Currently lives and works in London, England
2013   Gary Hume, Tate Britain, London (Solo)
2013   Liberty Grip, White Cube, London (Solo)
2013   In Cloud Country, Harewood, Leeds
2013   Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England
2012   2, Sprüth Magers, Berlin (Solo)
2012   Anxiety and the Horse, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (Solo)
2012   Gary Hume: Flashback, Leeds Art Gallery; Wolverhampton Art Gallery; Jerwood Gallery, Aberdeen Art (Solo)
2012   Beauty, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (Solo)
2012   The Indifferent Owl, White Cube, London (Solo)
2012   A House of Leaves. Second Movement, DRAF, London
2012   Freedom not Genius: Works from Damien Hirstʼs Murderme Collection, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella
2012   RA Now, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2012   AKA PEACE, ICA, London
2012   Encounter: The Royal Academy Exhibition in Asia/Middle East, Lasalle College of Art, Singapore
2012   Cool Britannia, Gallery Hyundai, Korea
2011   Structure and Absence, White Cube, London
2011   Snap, Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk
2010   Bird In A Fishtank , Sprüth Magers, Berlin (Solo)
2010   New Work, New Art Centre, Salisbury (Solo)
2009   Yardwork, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (Solo)
2008   Baby Birds and Things That Are Left Behind, Galleria Lorcan Oʼ Neill, Rome (Solo)
2008   Art Is For The Spirit: From the UBS Art Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2008   Demons, Yarns and Tales: Tapestries by Contemporary Artists, The Dairy, London
2008   Supernova, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
2008   Door Paintings, Modern Art, Oxford, England (solo)
2007   American Tan, White Cube Mason’s Yard, London, England (solo)
2007   Angels, Flowers and Icons, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings, England (solo)
2007   Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990-2006, Capital Museum, Beijing, China
2006   Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990-2006, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2006   Liquid: Gary Hume & Lynne Yiadom-Boakye, Royal Academy schools, London, England
2006   Cave Paintings, White Cube, London, England (solo)
2005   Carnival, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005   Translations, Thomas Dane, London, England
2005   Summer Exhibition 2005, Royal Academy, London
2005   London Calling. Y[oung] B[ritish] A[rtists] Criss-Crossed, Galleri Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway
2005   Bidibidobidiboo. La Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Piazza del Municipio, Guarene d’Alba. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Cavallerizza Chiablese e Salone delle Guardie, Turin.
2005   Supernova, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow; Tallinn Kunstihoone, Estonia; CAC, Vilnius; City Gallery, Prague; Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava
2005   n Print: Contemporary British Art from the Paragon Press, Taipei Museum of Fine Art, Taipei; USM ABN AMRO Art and Culture Centre, Penang; National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004   Carnival, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (solo)
2004   The Bird Has A Yellow Beak, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (solo)
2004   Paper Democracy. Contemporary Art in Editions on Paper, Edifício Cultura Inglesa, São Paulo, Brazil
2004   The Flower As Image: From Monet to Jeff Koons, Louisiana Museum, Denmark
2004   Printers Inc.: Recent British Prints, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester / Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton / Park Gallery, Falkirk, Scotland
2004   Art of the Garden, Tate Britain, London / Ulster Museum, Belfast / Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
2004   In Print: Contemporary British Art from the Paragon Press Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
2004   Sabine Hahnloser Tscopp Collection, Bern, Switzerland
2004   Edge of the Real, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
2003   Gary Hume, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy (solo)
2003   Gary Hume, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2003   Gary Hume, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin< Ireland (solo)
2003   FRESH: Contemporary British Artists in Print, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, Scotland
2003   Independence, South London Gallery, London, England
2003   Game Over, Grimm Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany
2003   Painting Pictures, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2003   20th Anniversary Show, Monika Sprϋth-Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany
2003   In Print: Contemporary British Art from the Paragon Press , International Graphic Arts Centre, Ljubljana; Hakodate Museum, Hakodate; Marugame Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame, Japan
2003   Edén, La Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
2002   Gary Hume, White Cube, London, England (solo)
2002   Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
2002   Remix: Contemporary Art and Pop, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
2002   The Rowan Collection. Contemporary British & Irish Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2002   In Print: Contemporary British Art from the Paragon Press, Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzoric, Belgrade; Museum of Fine Arts,Yaroslavl; The Urals Museum of Youth,Yekaterinburg; Centre of Graphics and Printmaking and Akhmatova Museum, St Petersburg; Fine Art Gallery, Novosibirsk; Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2002   Painting on the Move, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2001   Printers Inc., The Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
2001   Update #2: Elizabeth Peyton, Gary Hume, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2001   10th Anniversary Exhibition, 100 drawings and Photographs. Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
2001   The Colony Room Club 2001. A Space Oddity, A22 Projects, London,England
2001   Spy, Monika Sprüth Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2001   Gary Hume, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York,NY (solo)
2001   Summer Exhibition 2001, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
2001   Sur face, Lunds Konsthall, Sweden
2001   Beautiful Productions. Art to play, art to wear, art to own, Whitechapel, London, England
2001   Camera Works. The Phographic Impulse in Contemporary Art, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2001   Public Offerings, The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2001   Century City, Tate Modern, London, England
2001   Heads and Hands, Decatur House Museum, Washington, D.C.
2000   Gary Hume, Fundació “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2000   Gary Hume, Cultugest, UMA Casa de Mundo, Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
2000   Seven Print Projects from The Paragon Press, Gimpel Fils, London, England
2000   Painting the Century: 101 Portrait Masterpieces 1900-2000, National Portrait Gallery, London, England
2000   Update #2: Elizabeth Peyton, Gary Hume, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2000   Out There, White Cube², Hoxton, London, England
2000   Suite Substitute IV: Beautiful Strangers, Hotel du Rhone, Genève, Switzerland
2000   Ant Noises, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
2000   Sincerely yours. British art from the 90s, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway