• JUN 05 to SEP 01
    Group Exhibition
    Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume


    • Group Exhibition
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    JUN 05 to SEP 01, 2013

    Open daily 10.00 – 18.00

    Event Location

    Tate Britain

    United Kingdom


    This summer Tate Britain presents two exhibitions celebrating two of Britain’s most highly respected painters: Patrick Caulfield (1936–2005) and Gary Hume (born 1962).

    These two separate exhibitions will run in parallel offering visitors the chance to see two complimentary painters from different generations with one ticket.

    Patrick Caulfield

    This exhibition will trace the development of Patrick Caulfield’s distinctive style.Traditional genres such as landscape, still life and the domestic interior are radically re-imagined to produce images of startling originality. Early on in his career Caulfield rejected gestural brushstrokes for the more anonymous techniques of sign-writers. Works such as Still Life with Dagger 1963 (Tate) are characterised by flat areas of colour defined by simple outlines.In the 1970s Caulfied began combining different styles of representation, such as trompe-l’oeil to create highly complex paintings. For example After Lunch 1975 (Tate) features a photorealist image of the Château de Chillon, hanging in a restaurant interior that is depicted in simple black outlines against a flat, two-toned background.

    The exhibition is curated by Clarrie Wallis, Curator (Contemporary British Art) at Tate Britain. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication on Caulfield’s work.

    Gary Hume

    Hume first received critical acclaim in the early 1990s with his bold, large-scale paintings which used high gloss paint to create planes of industrial colour. These were initially seen in the near-legendary 1988 Freeze exhibition organised by Hume’s fellow student Damien Hirst. An early focus on institutional doors evolved over subsequent decades to encompass a range of subjects: figures such as mothers and babies, friends and celebrities from Tony Blackburn to Kate Moss as well as images drawn from nature or childhood including flowers, birds and snowmen. Through this surprisingly varied set of motifs, Hume explores the full spectrum of emotional response from wonder and joy to melancholy and loss. Conventional ideas of beauty are frequently countered by a darker, more questioning sense of the world and recognisable forms are sometimes fragmented to near abstraction.

    The exhibition will bring together around twenty-five striking paintings that are frequently poised between abstraction and representation. The original source image is often left far behind as shapes emerge in the paintings through vibrant areas of colour and line is articulated as thin ridges of paint that disrupt the surface and the eye.

    This exhibition is curated by Katharine Stout, Curator Contemporary Art at Tate Britain.

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