Sprüth Magers

Gary Hume

08 Sep - 20 Oct 2012

Gary Hume
Untitled, 2012
Charcoal on paper, UV Perspex and gloss paint
91 x 110 cm (framed)
35 7/8 x 43 1/4 inches (framed)
Sprüth Magers Berlin is delighted to present an exhibition of new work by Gary Hume. For the
artist’s second solo show in Berlin, the gallery will showcase an intimate series of never-seen-before
works on paper, completed by the addition of gloss paint upon the glass of the frame. These multilayered
compositions will be shown alongside three recent paintings on aluminium.
A member of the celebrated group of ‘Young British Artists’ who emerged from London’s Goldsmiths
College in the late 1980s, Hume has developed a distinctive visual language of bold, simplified
forms and an innovative use of colour. Renowned for his large-scale paintings which use high gloss
paint to create planes of industrial colour, Gary Hume’s principal thematic concerns are colour and
light and formal ambiguity, while his subject matter ranges from friends, family and celebrities, to
motifs drawn from nature and childhood. Recognisable images, sometimes sourced from magazines
or snapshots and often of a personal, sentimental nature are schematized, abbreviated and
silhouetted almost to the point of abstraction so that the original source material is rarely traceable
within the final work.
2 will bring together a selection of works on paper, produced between 2008 - 2010. The charcoal
sketches were put aside until recently when the artist had the idea of adding to the existing works by
painting the glass of their frames. The monochrome drawings are thus enlivened with colour and
texture, imbuing certain details of the earlier compositions with increased significance. The works
reveal a further experimentation with paint on different surfaces, as well as highlighting Hume’s
interest in the issues of repetition and process in artistic production.
Also on show will be three small-format works painted on aluminum. Hume’s signature bright
colours are given extra luminosity through the use of gloss paint on the metal surface. In Red
Column (2012) the impenetrable fields of red and beige colour evoke mid century abstraction while
illustrating the artist’s intrigue in the fluid, highly reflective qualities of gloss paint. Hume adopts a
darker, more somber palette in the portrait Untitled (2012). Here line is articulated as thin ridges of
paint, which disrupt the surface of the expanse of colour, acting as walls or dams between different
areas of paint, and tracing the outline of the facial features of a person.
Gary Hume’s retrospective exhibition Flashback, organised by the Arts Council is currently on tour
in the UK, showing at Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton;
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings and Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen. In 2013, Tate Britain will present a
survey exhibition of the artist’s work (4 June – 8 September 2013).
Gary Hume lives and works between London and New York. He represented Britain at the Venice
Biennale in 1999 and the Sao Paulo Bienial in 1996, the same year he was nominated for the
Turner Prize. In 2001 he was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Recent solo exhibitions
include ICA, London (1999), The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (1999), Fundação La
Caixa, Barcelona (2000), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2003), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2004),
the Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2004) and Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2008). Group shows
include Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001), Kunsthalle Basel (2002), Louisiana
Museum, Denmark (2004), Tate Britain, London (2004), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006).
Sprüth Magers Berlin will also be concurrently presenting the solo exhibition by Thomas Demand.
For further information and press enquiries please contact Silvia Baltschun
Opening reception: 07.06.2012, 6 - 9 pm
Hours: Tue - Sat, 11 am - 6 pm

Tags: Thomas Demand, Gary Hume