Looking and Seeing
5 June — 11 August 2019
Barakat Contemporary is delighted to hold the first solo exhibition in Korea by British artist Gary Hume from June 5 to August 4, 2019. Hume is considered one of the most important painters among the YBAs who studied at Goldsmiths, University of London in the late 1980s.
Hume is well known for the brilliant colors and sleek surfaces of his works, which are produced in high-gloss paint on aluminum panels. Over time, his works have grown to include a wide variety of subjects ranging from his mother, children, friends, and celebrities to natures such as flowers and birds. By cropping, enlarging, and simplifying the images of his subjects, he creates entirely new artistic languages. Hume values artwork as something with its own autonomy, separate from the subject and from the artist’s own emotional attachments and ideas. Distancing himself from the subject and observing it objectively, he records the resulting artistic forms in his paintings.
Born in 1962 in Kent, United Kingdom, Gary Hume currently divides his time between London and Accord, New York. He is an original member of the Young British Artists (YBAs), participating in the Freeze exhibition planned mainly by students from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London in 1988. He was invited to both the São Paulo Art Biennial in 1996 and the Venice Biennale in 1999 as an artist represented in the British pavilion and held solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 1999 and Tate Britain in 2013. In 2001, he was selected as a Royal Academy of Arts artist.