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Who Is He?

Thirtysomething British artist - a Turner Prize nominee in 1996 - whose striking paintings using household paint are very much the flavour of the moment: bright, sharp, flat, polished, everybody seems to like them. They are showing in the British pavilion at this summer's Venice Biennale, they will be shown at the Whitechapel Gallery in London this autumn and have just gone on show at the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh.

What They Say About Him

"The charm of these paintings is that they look like they could have gone a million and one ways, but have ended up this one particular way. Of course it takes skill, something like wit, to convincingly combine a sense of arbitrariness and a sense of fixity," Tom Lubbock, The Independent.

"Trying to unravel meaning from such works is thankless. They operate subtley at the edge of consciousness, hijacking the senses. For all their surface skimming dumbness, their lack of "ideas", Hume's paintings have a way of getting under your skin," Jane Burton, The Times.

Where You Can See It

New Work by Gary Hume is at the Dean Gallery, Belford Road, Edinburgh (0131-624 6200), until 17 Oct; Hume is at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Whitechapel High Street, London E1 (0171-522 7888), 26 Nov - 23 Jan, 2000