Leading British contemporary artist to visit Aberdeen

13 November 2012

Gary Hume, one of Britain's most celebrated contemporary artists, will visit Aberdeen for the first time [Wednesday 14 November] to see an exhibition of his work at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Renowned for his brightly coloured paintings and use of abstract forms 'Gary Hume Flashback'features the early 'door' paintings which earned Hume international recognition in the early 1990s as well as paintings from the artist's studio.

Gary Hume is the third artist to appear in the Arts Council Collection's series of Flashback shows, which showcase world-renowned British artists whose works were acquired early on by the Collection.

Having graduated in 1988, Gary Hume quickly gained international acclaim in the early 1990s with his series of bold, abstract 'door paintings', and he has continued to reinvent himself and confound expectations ever since. Hume was part of the now renowned Freeze exhibition in 1988 which launched a new generation in British art.

Hume was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996, and has represented Britain at the São Paulo and Venice Biennales in 1996 and 1999 respectively. In his catalogue essay, the writer Dave Hickey refers to Hume's subject as 'the suburban sublime'.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums manager Christine Rew said: "I am delighted to welcome Gary Hume on his first visit to Aberdeen. We are very pleased to be working with the Arts Council Collection to host this major exhibition of his work. Since its foundation Aberdeen Art Gallery has focussed on exhibiting contemporary art and collecting work by living artists, so it is particularly pleasing to bring Gary's work to Aberdeen as he is currently un-represented in our collection."

Gary Hume Flashback is a touring exhibition from the Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London.

The exhibition is open until Saturday 19 January 2013.