Gary Hume R.A.

Gary Hume is one of the original YBA (Young British Artists) of the 20th Century. They were a group that turned the British art scene on its head and caused such a furore that they found themselves being included in more Newspapers than any other artists of their time. Much of these stories were focussing on the outrage caused at various elements of their work, or indeed the prices they were commanding. The group included Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin to name but a few.

Hume represented Great Britain at the 1999 Venice Biennale, where he showed his Water series, which consisted of a number of superimposed line drawings of women. That same year he had a one-person exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, London. He would later go on to have successful shows at Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, and the Kunthaus Bregenz in Austria, 2004.

In 1996, Hume was nominated for the Turner Prize, but like his fellow YBA Alumni Tracey Emin in 1999, he lost out that year to Douglas Gordon. He was later awarded Great Britain's 1997 Jerwood Painting Prize. Hume was elected to Royal Academician in 2001.

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