Gary Hume, English Artist ( May 9, 1962 - )

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I found that gloss paint suited me entirely, and its qualities still intrigue me. It's viscous and fluid and feels like a pool. It's highly reflective, which means there are layers of looking. You look at the picture, and you look at the surface, then you look at the reflection in the surface behind you, then you look at yourself.~Gary Hume

Reflection Yourself Me

If I'm feeling desperate, I'll go out image-hunting. I'll go to news agents and stand at the rack flicking through magazines or go to second-hand bookshops. And then, bit by bit, like concrete poetry, I start to realise that I am drawn to particular things, and then I start wondering why that is.~Gary Hume

Poetry I Am Stand

A painting should be tough; it should have muscle, but I have to find some tenderness in it, too. There has to be that dynamic.~Gary Hume

Painting Tough Find

I'm probably creative for half an hour a day. The rest of the time, I'm just doing what's necessary to make that creativity visible.~Gary Hume

Time Creativity Day

It's not part of my ambition to become fabulously rich. My plan was always to make my pictures, and hopefully people would buy them, and then I'd buy a studio, buy a house, help friends out, do bits and bobs - but I've no idea after that.~Gary Hume

Friends Ambition People

I want to paint something that's gorgeous, something that's perfect. So that it's full of sadness.~Gary Hume

Sadness Want Perfect

My desire to be an artist really came out of being broke and unemployed and incapable of holding a job down. That's what it was driven by for sure.~Gary Hume

Job Artist Desire

Small paintings can be fantastic. But you can't often get a narrative out of a small painting. In any case, museums are huge places, and you want to take up some space.~Gary Hume

Space Small Painting

People constantly describe me as a formalist or even a minimalist, but I'm not really bothered with the rules of painting or the history of painting. My approach is that everything is mine. I take what I can use from wherever, and then I forget where I've taken it from. But there is no point me making anything that looks like anyone else's.~Gary Hume

History People Me

I do think you get lonelier and lonelier being an artist as you get older.~Gary Hume

Artist You Think

I don't make political work. I don't make work that criticises the state. I make as human work as I can.~Gary Hume

Work Political I Can

I don't vote. I voted Labour once, in that moment of euphoria. I know that if people only made a voice for change, then change will happen, but I'm not that person. I'm painting pictures.~Gary Hume

Change Moment People

The disenfranchised should be going to art school - not the franchised.~Gary Hume

Art School Should

The surface is all you get of me.~Gary Hume

Me You Surface

I lived on nothing for years - squatted where I lived and where I worked, stole electricity, made things from stuff I found in skips, used paper that had been discarded - you do everything you can do to keep going and not have to get a job.~Gary Hume

Job Keep Going Nothing

I love to see a wood full of bluebells. Growing up in the Kent countryside, I have special memories of this brief annual spectacle.~Gary Hume

Love Memories Growing Up

I'd like to give people leaden boots in galleries, so they'd be a bit slower in front of my paintings. And that's because I spend so much time looking at them. I can look at them a long, long time without getting bored. I disappear.~Gary Hume

Time People Looking

My mum always liked poetry, and she had pictures on the wall, so there was this visual stuff around.~Gary Hume

Poetry She Pictures

Now, I love painting. I love looking. I love the fact that they don't move. They constantly change with the light. They are sort of patient.~Gary Hume

Love Change Light

All art becomes history as soon as it is made, so it is inevitably part of a tradition. It doesn't matter a toss if it is in paint or in film; it is all art.~Gary Hume

Art History Tradition

I think Picasso is more feminine than Matisse.~Gary Hume

Think Picasso More

I'm probably not going to develop to a final state as an artist. Like, become better and better, more and more refined. Become 'pure.' I don't think that's going to happen to me, because I don't really see that as something I want to explore.~Gary Hume

Artist Me Better

I have to take it as a given that I have got a certain ability to do something. I can be an artist, which is take something and transform it into another thing. I can just see something, and I can see my painting.~Gary Hume

Artist Painting I Can

I like things that are just about to go. Everything's leaving. Death is never far away from me. When you make something, death can't help but be in it.~Gary Hume

Death Leaving Me

One drawing demands to become a painting, so I start to work on that, and then the painting might demand something else. Then the painting might say, 'I want a companion, and the companion should be like this,' so I have to find that, either by drawing it myself or locating the image.~Gary Hume

Work Myself Painting

I got a job as an assistant film editor, which lasted for a few years, but I found writing incredibly difficult, and I thought, 'How am I going to make a film if I can't write?' I didn't really comprehend that someone else would do that bit.~Gary Hume

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