Like a number of the Impressionist artists at the end of the 19th Century, Gary Hume took his inspiration for Two Roses from the Ukiyo-e tradition. Literally meaning “pictures of the floating world”, this Japanese movement was discovered in the West via the woodblock prints that made it famous and also through the patterned paper that wrapped the porcelain and other goods coming out of Asia.
Gary Hume took up this labour-intensive traditional method and chose to use the inks created directly from the pigments (Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Light, Pencil Clay and Ultramarine Violet) printed several times onto fine rice paper hand-made from 100% Kozo fibre, which gives the artwork an exceptionally luminous quality. Two Roses demonstrates with great subtlety, the ambivalence of flora: at once fragile, light and delicate but also intense and magnificently present thanks to the striking colour of these two red roses, sublime at the peak of their bloom.
“Two roses with a lilac area of disappointment.„