American Tan XXIV – Gary Hume

American Tan XXIV -  Gary Hume

American Tan XXIV - Gary Hume

2007
Edition of 150
Screenprint from 7 screens and 3 varnishes, hand embossed areas, printed on 410gsm Somerset Tub Sized paper
Paper size 122 x 100 cm
Image size 99 x 78 cm

The paintings and sculpture in Hume’s ‘American Tan’ series emerge from his fascination with the all-American cheerleader and how such an innocuous figure can express so many ideas about American culture. Hume abstracts their athletic bodies and adornments to create beautiful, simple shapes of positive and negative space in Hume’s distinctive style. Hume pays special attention to subtle changes in the printed form such as tonal variations and line adjustments. The formal simplicity of the print is given depth by embossing, which mimics the surface variations that are evident in Hume’s paintings, and adds a sensual dimension to the flat surface of the print.

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