Gary Hume Ticket, 2017
Gary Hume Ticket, 2017
Screenprint with woodcut
28 3/10 × 21 3/10 in
72 × 54 cm
Edition of 40
Signed and numbered by the artist
This artwork is available to purchase at Enter Gallery
Gary Hume Ticket, 2017. 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.
Using laser-cut woodcut techniques and screen print to create a combination of flat and wood-grained surfaces, Hume’s chosen palette of pastel colours for these new works was painstakingly adjusted to create a sense of ‘falling away’ and giving a softer impression than is found in the glossy paintings for which he is renowned. Ticket developed substantially as an image during Hume’s time in the RA Schools printmaking studios. In its first incarnation marks resembling tears moved from the semi-circular form at the top of the image to the bottom; the final print’s imagery has been pared down and a foreboding black form added. With the semi-circles now in negative, the overall impression is reminiscent of a paper ticket.
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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