Red Tree

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Belgium

  • Exhibited

    New York, Matthew Marks Gallery, Gary Hume: New Paintings, 21 February – 21 April, 2001

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Hume’s paintings sometimes allude to feelings but they don’t explain those feelings, nor do they illustrate them.” ADRIAN SEARLE

    Gary Hume’s Red Tree was among a small, select group of works exhibited at the Matthew Marks Gallery in 2001. As an extension to Hume’s already established oeuvre, these new enamel-on-aluminium paintings focused on fauna, flora and portraiture, all of which are carried out in his characteristic graphic style. Layers and planes of colour exist on the pictorial surface in a manner that gives birth to lines that are in fact not physically there. Hume adopts colours taken straight from cans of household paints, the colours of modern urban life which lack any pretentiousness associated with high art. Without any notion of tonal range and with no attention given to light and shade, it is the juxtaposed planes of varied colours that provide the form in Hume’s paintings.

    In his painting, Hume attempts to highlight and override the human need for categorization. He refuses to depict space and by doing so brings together the opposites of form and ground, and absence and presence. In Red Tree, sharp brushstrokes exist amid alternating areas of gloss and matte, resulting in a highly textured, geometric painting where subject has become arbitrary to colour and form. Hume presents to the viewer an image with no definitions, allowing him or her to take from it what they want.


Gary Hume

Red Tree

enamel on aluminium
180 x 139.2 cm (70 7/8 x 54 3/4 in)
Signed, titled and dated 'Red Tree Gary Hume 00' on the reverse.

£120,000 - 180,000 ‡ ♠

Contemporary Art Evening

28 June 2012