Polymer Gravure with Chine-collé on BFK Rives 280 gsm and Canson Mii-Teintes paper
Paper size 89.5 x 68 cm [35.2 x 26.8 inches]
Image size 75 x 55 cm [29.5 x 21.7 inches]
Edition of 40, signed and numbered
About the work
To mark the 20th Anniversary of Whitechapel Gallery Editions, Gary Hume has created a special new limited print, entitled Archipelago, 2020.
Gary Hume created the first Whitechapel Gallery edition in 2000, entitled London Plane Leaves, 1999-2000.
Archipelago, 2020 relates to a new series of paintings of the same name. Meaning a group of islands, the title suggests a form interconnected with a wider body. Created as a Polymer Gravure print with Chine collé, the work has a delicate ethereal surface, which gives it a haunting, ambiguous presence. Hume often stretches his imagery to the point of abstraction. Whilst the subject matter is not immediately clear, for Hume the image evokes a mother, an island, a nascent child.
About the artist
Gary Hume (b.1962, Kent, UK; lives and works in London, UK and Accord, New York, USA)
is one of the leading British painters of his generation. and one of the most renowned YBAs (Young British Artists) who came to international prominence in the early 1990s. He is known for his stylised depictions of everyday objects, painted using high-gloss, pastel-hued industrial paint on large aluminium panels. His recent paintings, drawings and sculptures reflect upon contemporary conflicts and the fragility of human life, and explore the relationships between beauty, violence, empathy, memory and loss.
Hume represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1999 and the Bienal de São Paulo in 1996, the year he was also nominated for the Turner Prize. His work was the subject of a solo exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery in 1999, and in 2001 he was elected to the Royal Academy. Solo shows include Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent (2020); New Art Centre, Salisbury (2019); Barakat Contemporary, Seoul (2019); Royal Academy, London 2017); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2016); Tate Britain, London (2013), Modern Art Oxford (2008); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover and the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2004).
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