A leading figure of British artists who emerged in the 1990s in London, Gary Hume is best known for his abstract and figurative works painted in striking gloss colour combinations on aluminium panels; bold paints which were often sourced premixed from hardware stores. His portfolio of works drew quick attention through numerous exhibitions after graduating from Goldsmith College in 1988, including ‘Freeze’ organized by Damian Hirst on graduation, and ‘East Country Yard’ show in a warehouse put together by Henry Bond and Sarah Lucas in 1990. His success reached new heights when he was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996, consequently his work going onto be part of Charles Saatchi’s touring collection at the Royal Academy in London.
The Whitechapel Gallery showed Hume’s work as his one person show in 1999, and he was elected to the Royal Academy in 2001. In 2013, Hume was made focus of Tate Britain’s survey presentation exploring the breadth and subject matters of his works throughout his career. Continuing to excel as a key international artist as a painter, draughtsman and printmaker, Hume currently lives and works in London and New York.