Dark silhouette, derived from an athletic statue of Mussolini, on a background of vibrant flowers.

Gary Hume, Vicious, 2010. © Gary Hume. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019. Photograph by Museum Photography Northwest.

Gary Hume, Vicious

Year: 2010
Medium: Screenprint, ed. 85/250
Dimensions: 89 x 75cm
Brief biography: b. 1962, Tenterden, UK. Lives and works between London, UK and Accord, New York, USA.

Gary Hume is known for figurative and abstract paintings on aluminum panels, which often feature startling color combinations made with paints purchased premixed from a hardware store. (source: Matthew Marks Gallery)

Hume graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1988 and came to prominence during the early 1990s as a member of the Young British Artists (YBAs).

Inspired by the Lou Reed song Vicious Hume was especially intrigued by the opening lyric “you hit me with a flower”. He overlaid a dark silhouette, derived from an athletic statue of Mussolini, on a background of vibrant flowers, creating an attractive and decorative image from the idea of violent beauty.

Recent selected one-person exhibitions include:

2019: Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles; Carvings, New Art Centre, Salisbury, United Kingdom; Looking and Seeing, Barakat Contemporary, Seoul and Destroyed School Paintings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

2018: Sprüth Magers, Berlin

2017: RA: Prints Pictures, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Mum, Sprüth Magers, London (catalogue) and Mum, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (catalogue)

2016: Front of a Snowman, Aspen Art Museum, CO

2014: Lions and Unicorns, White Cube Gallery, São Paulo

Selected recent group exhibitions include:

2019: Summer Exhibition 2019, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2018: Line, Form and Colour – Works from the Berardo Collection, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon; Profound Identities: Beauty and Subjugation from The Goss-Michael Collection, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas; English Sculptors in New United Kingdom, Hall Art Foundation, Reading, USA; Michael Jackson: On the Wall, National Portrait Gallery, London. Traveling to Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais, Paris; The Bundeskunsthalle Bonn; and Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland and The Explorers, Part One: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and James Richards, V-A-C Foundation, Venice

2017: A Certain Kind of Light, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, United Kingdom; #LondonTrending, Guildhall Art Gallery, London; Against Landscape, The Glasgow School of Art; Occasional Geometries: Rana Begum Curates the Arts Council Collection, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, United Kingdom (catalogue); What’s in Store?, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, United Kingdom; Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

2016: At Home, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, United Kingdom; Terrain: Land into Art, Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset, United Kingdom and Seeing Around Corners, Turner Contemporary, Margate, United Kingdom

2015: After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA; Summer Exhibition 2015, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; Natures, Natural and Unnatural, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand and 10 Sculptures, Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles

2014: Traces of Modernism, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; Van Gogh Live!, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France; Form through Colour: Josef Albers, Anni Albers and Gary Hume, Somerset House, London; The Line (sculpture walk), East London; Face to Face: British Portraits from the Clifford Chance Art Collection, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London and NOW-ISM: Abstraction Today, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, USA

Awards and Honors:

2001: Royal Academician, The Royal Academy of Arts, London
1997: Jerwood Painting Prize
1996: Turner Prize shortlist

Gallery representing artist: https://www.matthewmarks.com/new-york/artists/gary-hume/