2012 - Gary Hume: Flashback

The third in the Flashback series, this exhibition will celebrate some outstanding early acquisitions by the Arts Council Collection of paintings by Gary Hume.  It will trace a path from these early works to the present day and include some seminal works in British public collections as well as from the artist’s own collection.

Gary Hume is one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary artists, known for his brightly coloured paintings and use of abstract forms. This exhibition features the early door paintings that earned Hume international recognition in the early 1990s as well as more recent paintings and sculptures from the artist’s studio. Alongside his paintings is a display of works curated by Hume from Wolverhampton’s own collection.


Gary Hume is the third artist to appear in the Arts Council Collection’s series of Flashback shows, which showcase world-renowned British artists whose works were acquired early on by the Collection. The exhibition is being premiered at Leeds Art Gallery before going on tour to Wolverhampton Art Gallery, the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and Aberdeen Art Gallery.



RA Magazine, Winter 2011

Yorkshire Post, February 2012


Tour information

Leeds Art Gallery (5 February – 15 April 2012)

Wolverhampton Art Gallery (28 April – 7 July)

Hastings, Jerwood Gallery (14 July –  23 September)

Aberdeen Art Gallery (13 Oct 2012 – 19 Jan 2013)


Installation views at Leeds Art Gallery

Photography © Jonty Wilde

Installation view Jerwood Gallery, Hastings


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