Black Bear 2004, Enamel on silicon bronze 15.5 x 9 x 9 in.

Black Bear

2004, Enamel on silicon bronze

15.5 x 9 x 9 in.

Gary Hume

Born 1962, Kent, United Kingdom
Lives and works in London and Accord, New York.

Gary Hume came to international acclaim as one of the Young British Artists who studied at Goldsmith’s College in the heady period of the late 1980’s. He is a contemporary pop artist, known for his paintings and sculpture in bold colors with a high gloss finish. His works are elegantly decorative without feeling consumerist and his color schemes make an urbane and dramatic impact. Throughout his career Hume’s compositions have been inspired by photographs and the visual data of our contemporary world, including politicians, pop culture figures, and lately what he describes as “flora, fauna and portraiture.”

Gary Hume graduated from Goldmith’s College, London in 1988. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1999 and the Bienal de São Paulo in 1996. Solo shows of Hume’s work have been held at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; the Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover; the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; Modern Art Oxford; and a major retrospective at Tate Britain. Hume was a Turner Prize nominee in 1996 and was elected to the Royal Academy in 2001.