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The first exhibition in Ireland by Gary Hume, one of the most sought-after and inventive painters working in Britain today, comprises some 30 works and presents a comprehensive overview of the main developments in his engaging but powerful oeuvre over the past ten years. Hume’s work is characterised by a distinctive visual vocabulary, combining a bright, colourful palette with simplified, childlike forms. He first came to prominence with his series of Door paintings, a body of work referencing both hospital swing-doors and post-war minimalist abstract paintings. From 1993 he began to engage with a much wider range of subjects including pop icons Michael Jackson and Kate Moss, images from childhood, such as polar bears, puppy dogs and snowmen and quasi-religious subjects seen in such works as The Cleric and Madonna. Hume’s most recent paintings are darker and more sinister in form and content. In addition, to the paintings in the gallery spaces, two of Hume’s sculptures of bronze snowmen have been placed in the grounds at IMMA: one in the courtyard, the other overlooking the formal gardens.
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