Gary Hume is well known for his paintings on aluminium panels, which often feature striking colour combinations made using household paint. His sculpture is perhaps less familiar, though in fact he has continued to make three-dimensional objects throughout his career and it has often had a strong punctuating presence in his exhibitions of 'painting'. In 2010, at the time of his last show at the New Art Centre, he joked that he tried his hand at sculpture in the very early days but: "They kept falling over. That was my main trouble: gravity." (The Independent) In fact, Hume's sculpture - such as 'Beauty Spot', which was shown in the park at Roche Court in 2008 - are amongst some of his most compelling images and any such practical problems were overcome a long time ago.
Gary Hume lives and works between London and Upstate New York. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1999 and the São Paulo Biennial in 1996, the same year he was nominated for the Turner Prize. In 2001 he was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London. This year Hume will have solo exhibitions at the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn and Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland. Other solo exhibitions include Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2014); Tate Britain, London (2013); Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (2012); Modern Art Oxford (2008); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2004); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2004); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2003); ICA, London (1999) and the Fundação La Caixa, Barcelona (2000). Recent group shows include Grand Palais, Paris (2019); National Portrait Gallery, London (2018); Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (2017); Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2016); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006) and Tate Britain, London (2004). In 2010 he exhibited 'New work' at the New Art Centre.