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Gary Hume

Liberty Grip, 2008

Patinated and painted bronze and railway sleepers 553 x 297 x 190 cm

British artist Gary Hume (b.1962) modelled this sculpture in three separate sections, each based on the arm of a store mannequin. The result is a sculpture of the human form caught between representation and abstraction. To further blur these boundaries, Hume cast the sculpture in bronze on a monumental scale, alluding to traditional commemorative sculpture, which he then contrasts mischievously with the candy-pink patina at the end of each limb. 

Courtesy the artist, Matthew Marks and Sprüth Magers


Gary Hume (b. 1962, Kent) is known for figurative and abstract paintings, which often feature startling colour combinations made with paints purchased premixed from a hardware store. He attended Goldsmith’s College (1988) and went on to represent Britain at the Bienal de São Paulo in 1996 – the same year he was nominated for the Turner Prize – and the Venice Biennale in 1999. Hume has exhibited widely, including solo shows at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1999), Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2004), Modern Art Oxford (2008) and Tate Britain (2013), and in 2001 he was elected to the Royal Academy. Since 2017, he has exhibited new work in London, New York, Berlin, Los Angeles and Seoul. In 2020, a new exhibition of Destroyed School Paintings opened at Museum Dhondt Dhaenens in Ghent, Belgium.

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