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.


Born in Kent, England
Graduated, Goldsmith’s College, London, England
Recipient, Turner Prize nomination
Recipient, Jerwood Prize
Currently lives and works in London, England


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