Gary Hume

American Tan XXVI (2007)

Edition of 225
Screen print in 8 colours with one glaze, printed on 400gsm Somerset Tub Sized paper. Produced by Coriander Studios, London.
88 x 70 cm (35 x 28 in)
Signed, dated and numbered by the artist on the front.
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American Tan XXVI has been published to coincide with Hume's major solo show at White Cube, London. This extensive body of new work is ostensibly a celebration of the pop-perverse phenomenon of American cheerleading, and is an alluring appropriation of the uniforms, poses, and razzmatazz paraphernalia, including the ever popular accoutrement of American tan tights. Hume has said himself of this work that it is his 'response to America and how we're all being tanned by American policy and culture, the war and simple, complicated stuff like that. It started off with cheerleaders. The form of them is absolutely fantastic. They're athletic. They're super-gymnasts.'
Gary Hume combines a passion for painting and a mastery of colour with a hard, cool touch. Starting with found images of familiar subjects - Kate Moss, a blackbird, some flowers - Hume transforms them into bold, semi-figurative abstractions. Though striking and easily seductive, Hume's work retains an uneasy tension, with his decorative vision offset by the desire to show an awkward, edgy kind of beauty.
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