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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



Beautifully grotesque, the hell and horror of the brothers grim Jake and Dinos Chapman

Emerging from the Saatchi Young British Artists circus Jake and Dino Chapman have carved out a sinister corner of the art world all for themselves.     

Take a step with me into their world – it’s filled with horror, mutation, apocalypse, sadism and McDonald’s. Sound like fun? Well actually humour is key to their work – a child like sense of destruction and naughtiness pervades everything.    

Jake and Dinos Chapman: Zygotic acceleration, biogenetic, desublimated libidinal model, 1995  

Jake and Dinos Chapman McDonalds Sculpture 

Check out a video of their Hell installation here:   

Jake Dinos Chapman, War 2004 

Jake and Dinos Chapaman, Filthy Lucre Even their most gruesome work has precedents in the ‘establishment’ – their iconic “Great deeds! Against the dead” work featured in Charles Saatchi’s Sensation show is a parody of Goya’s Disasters of War series. See their work and Goya’s original directly below:      

Jake and Dinos Chapman Great Deeds! Against the Dead”, 1994, mixed media with plinth

Jake and Dinos Chapman Great Deeds! Against the Dead” 1994


Goya, “Great Deeds! Against the Dead”, 1810-20,

Goya, “Great Deeds! Against the Dead”, 1810-20,