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Gary Hume – Michael

gary hume michael 2002

Edition of 80
152.5 x 76.1 cm
Yours for £950 + VAT at White Cube


American Tan XXIV – Gary Hume

American Tan XXIV -  Gary Hume

American Tan XXIV - Gary Hume

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.

House paint, hospital doors, Kate Moss and Gary Hume

I first became aware of Gary Hume’s paintings at the Saatchi Sensation show of young British artists at the Royal Academy. While Damien Hirst shocked the public with his pickled shark, Hume’s work was much more subtle but no less important.  

The White Cube gallery that represents him describes Hume as follows: 

Gary Hume is renowned for paintings distinguished by a bright palette, reduced imagery and flat areas of seductive colour. While Hume’s paintings have always emphasised their luscious surfaces and simplified forms, many are infused with a melancholic beauty. 

Hume first received critical acclaim with a body of work known as the ‘Door’ paintings. These minimal and abstract works, with their high gloss paint and insistent reflective surfaces, developed in the early 1990s into a broader set of motifs, such as the nude, the portrait, the garden, as well as a pictorial idiom drawn from childhood, with images of polar bears, snowmen, rabbits, owls and close-up faces. His subject matter broadened yet more through the mid 1990s to incorporate images from popular culture, making portraits of celebrity figures such as Tony Blackburn, Kate Moss and Patsy Kensit. 

Gary Hume the cleric

The cleric, 2000


Gary Hume, American Tan XXVIII1, 2008

American Tan XXVIII1, 2008


Gary Hume, Whistler, 1998

Whistler, 1998


Gary Hume, Kate, 1996

Kate, 1996


Gary Hume, Young Woman, 1998

Young Woman, 1998


Gary Hume, Funny Girl, 1998

Funny Girl, 1998


Gary Hume, Liberty Grip, 2008

Liberty Grip, 2008