Intimacy. Part 2. Artist Research Positive and Negative Spaces. Gary Hume, Sir Michael Craig-Martin,Tang Yau Hoong

Sir Michael Craig-Martin CBE RA (Born 1941)

Sir Michael Craig-Martin is an Irish-born contemporary conceptual artist and painter. He is known for developing the Young British Artists, many of whom he taught, and for his conceptual artwork, An Oak Tree. He is Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at Goldsmiths.

In the 1960’s he made box-like constructions. Later he moved to the use of ordinary household objects. In the late 1970’s he began to make line drawings of ordinary objects, creating over the years an ever-expanding vocabulary of images which form the basis of his work to this day. During the 1990’s the focus of his work shifted over to painting, with the same range of boldly outlined motifs and vivid color schemes applied both to works on canvas, and to increasingly complex installations of wall paintings. From



Gary Hume RA (born 9 May 1962) 

Gary Hume is an English artist. Hume’s work is strongly identified with the Young British Artists who came to the front in the early 1990’s. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996. Hume lives and works in London and New York. Hume has become known for depicting everyday subjects using high-gloss industrial paints. His earliest notable works are his ‘door paintings’ which are life-size representations of hospital doors.

Hume abandoned doors in the mid-1990’s, turning to paintings in household gloss paint on aluminium panel, for these he often used appropriated images, including pictures of celebrities and animals. Their forms and colours were dramatically simplified, with people being reduced to just two or three colours. Snowman in 1996 is made up of three shades of red, showing a circle on top of a larger circle against a lighter background. At first, Hume used mainly bright colours, but later pieces have used more muted tones.

In 1999 at the Venice Biennale he exhibited his ‘Water’ series these were line drawings of women painted with gloss paint on aluminium panels.


Water Painting, 1999, Tate Collection. Part of Hume’s “Water” Series of paintings.


Tang Yau Hoong

I chose this young artist, who I found online, his work in mainly based in positive and negative drawings. Tang Yau Hoong is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He creates art that is conceptual, surreal and fun in a simplistic and unique way. He works with various clients for advertising, editorial, and many other design projects.

His art is very playful and he uses perspective to describe his work too. I love this image below as he uses the negative space to make the sky look like a face.





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