A STRIKING exhibition by one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists is being premiered at Leeds Art Gallery this week.
Gary Hume: Flashback, organised by the Arts Council Collection, will run at The Headrow gallery from Thursday February 2 until Sunday April 15.
It features more than 20 paintings and sculptures produced by the Turner Prize nominated artist.
It is made up of works bought by the Arts Council Collection during the early years of Hume’s career, supported by new pieces loaned directly from the Kent-born artist as well as others from public collections.
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.
Caroline Douglas, head of the Arts Council Collection, said: “We are delighted to be working with Gary Hume on our next Flashback exhibition.
“Since first receiving critical acclaim with his ‘door’ paintings, he has created an extraordinary body of work.
“It is testament to both the artist’s generosity and the strength of the works acquired by Arts Council Collection that we are able to bring this substantial overview of his career to museums and galleries in the UK.”
Coun Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council executive member for leisure, added: “We are thrilled to be able to showcase Gary Hume’s fantastic works at Leeds Art Gallery and we cannot wait for the exhibition to start.
“Following on from the amazing exhibitions devoted to Damien Hirst and Henry Moore at the gallery last year, which proved hugely popular, this is the perfect way to start 2012 and we think people will be fascinated when they see these wonderfully eye-catching paintings and sculptures.”
Admission to the exhibition is free.
For more information about Leeds Art Gallery or the exhibition visit www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery or call 0113 247 8256.