Gary Hume: American Tan (paintings)

Gary Hume: American Tan (paintings)

45-year-old Gary Hume a British post-pop painter, paints glossy ambiguous images on aluminum. His recent show at White Cube in London, features extremely cropped images of cheerleaders mid twirl, leap, and split.

It takes your eye a moment to recognize the body parts within the flat swaths of color, line and form. Thus, they become enigmatic, distilled down to their essential details causing the viewer to furrow their brow in concentration trying to decipher not only the pose and limb but also the tension of who and what we are looking at.

A cheerleader is so familiar and such a part of our visual lexicon but Hume imbues each figure with mystery, decontextualizing them while at the same time taking away the usual objectification of the female subject on his sleek aluminum surface.

Here’s a comprehensive article about the show and Gary Hume that fellow art lover/blogger Mike sent my way knowing I’d dig. Thanks Mike!

2 Responses to Gary Hume: American Tan (paintings)

  1. Jessica September 12, 2007 at 1:30 pm #

    My Friend is obessed with his work and just can’t seem to get enough. I am trying too to get into his work.

  2. samantha September 12, 2007 at 1:58 pm #

    Jessica if you are trying to get into him, check out the gallery site I linked to. They have lots of his work from that series and other work too. I could not post it all. It’s very interesting. I wish I could see it in person.

    I love seeing how other painters handle the female figure. It’s such a complicated subject with so many connotations. I think he’s an interesting guy.

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