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Michael, 2002 - Gary Hume
About the Work
It was Michael Jackson's peculiarity and celebrity status that inspired Hume to create this portrait. Though the work is indicative of Hume's interest in misplacement and deformity—the ghostly white face, the doodled nose, the spidery lines on the cheeks and forehead—the image is neither grotesque nor farcical. Rather, it is highly personal and articulates an elegant, damaged beauty. "I tried to be as sympathetic as I could," says Hume. "I wasn't in any sense trying to ridicule him. I feel for him."Read Less
About the Artist
About Gary Hume
Hume first achieved critical acclaim in the early 1990s for his series Doors, life-sized paintings of institutional doors. His subject matter then broadened to nudes, portraits, gardens, animals, and pop culture images. Notable exhibitions include his large-scale overlapping line drawings of nudes for his series Water Paintings shown at the 1999 Venice Biennale, and his 2006 solo show Cave Paintings at White Cube, which featured marble tableaux of collaged stones set together like tectonic plates.Read Less
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