Gary Hume

Gary Hume is known for figurative and abstract paintings on aluminum panels, which often feature startling color combinations made with paints purchased premixed from a hardware store. Hume's first one-person exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery, in 1992, his first in the United States, included five of his signature Door paintings. His next exhibition at the gallery marked a decisive shift towards figuration and included such iconic works as Begging For It and The Polar Bear.

Hume (born 1962) attended Goldsmith's College in London. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1999 and the Bienal de São Paulo in 1996, the same year he was nominated for the Turner Prize. His work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, in 1999, and in 2001 he was elected to the Royal Academy. Monographic shows of Hume's work were organized at the Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, and the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, in 2004, and Modern Art Oxford mounted a survey show of his Door paintings in 2008. Most recently in 2013, Tate Britain presented a focused survey spanning Hume’s career that explores the breadth and vitality of his work. Hume has been represented by Matthew Marks Gallery since 1992. Hume currently lives and works in London and Accord, New York.

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Gallery Exhibitions

Nayland Blake, Richmond Burton, Peter Cain, and Gary Hume
Jul 6 - Sep 30, 1992
1018 Madison Avenue

Museum Exhibitions
Gary Hume New Acquisitions
Whitworth Art Gallery
Manchester, UK
Feb 14 - Aug 16, 2015
Gary Hume Natures, Natural and Unnatural
Whitechapel Gallery
London, UK
Mar 17 - Jun 14, 2015
Gary Hume Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Dunedin, New Zealand
Mar 28 - Aug 9, 2015