Gary Hume Keeping Mum, 2017

£2,400.00

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Gary Hume Keeping Mum, 2017

Screenprint with woodcut

27 1/5 × 20 1/2 in

69 × 52 cm

Edition of 40

Signed and numbered by the artist.

Gary Hume Keeping Mum, 2017

“Art is not about absolute concrete affirmations. Art has questions and doubts…” – Gary Hume

Young British Artist Gary Hume’s work typically experiments with scale, proportion and unexpected colour to create a surreal, minimalist pop-influenced aesthetic.

In a bold move away from the brightly-coloured, figurative paintings he is best known for, Gary Hume’s Keeping Mum uses a soft colour palette and abstract forms. The disjointed shapes hint at a story. They might suggest two figures trying to connect across a divide, or something lost. The title ‘Keeping Mum’ tells us a secret, and adds to the feeling of melancholy in Hulme’s minimal but evocative image.

Contemporary artist Gary Hume, identified with the YBA movement of the 1990s, typically experiments with scale, proportion and unexpected colour to create a surreal, minimalist pop-influenced aesthetic.

Hume’s limited-edition prints are often derived from his large-scale paintings, which are characteristically made using household gloss paint. The artist’s subject matter ranges from studies of flora and fauna to portraits, but the resulting images are far from traditional representations. Hume’s careful placement of forms, unexpected cropping and precise choice of hue combine to produce arresting, intriguing work that hovers between abstraction and figuration. Although his paintings are often characterised by their flatness, printmaking has allowed Hume to experiment with scale, as well as traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques which provide an opportunity to create subtle texture within his works on paper.

Young British Artist Gary Hume came to prominence in the early 1990s with his “Door” paintings, a series of life-sized paintings of hospital doors. These minimal, abstract compositions eventually evolved into more fluid, lyrical imagery, often employing found images of celebrities (including Michael Jackson) and animals. In his 2009 paintings of American cheerleaders, entitled “American Tan,” Hume explored dualities of desire and repulsion, sexuality and innocence. Exuberantly embracing kitsch, Hume straddles the line between representation and abstraction, painting with high-gloss paints on aluminium panels to create vibrant colour contrasts and a flat, Pop-inflected aesthetic.

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Gary Hume Keeping Mum, 2017 Screenprint with woodcut 27 1/5 × 20 1/2 in 69 × 52 cm

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Gary Hume Keeping Mum, 2017 Screenprint with woodcut Edition of 40 Signed and numbered by the artist.

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