Robin Hume RGI: A Memorial Exhibition

Robin Hume RGI: A Memorial Exhibition
Exhibition Runs: 21 May – 9th June


Robin Hume, the artist and tutor known to generations of Glasgow School of Art students, died suddenly last year while planning a retrospective exhibition. Friends have now adapted this into a memorial show. It will be staged at The Glasgow Art Club, of which Robin was a lifelong and very hospitable member.

Over forty paintings and portrait sculptures have been selected for display together for the very first time. They range from his student days in the 1960s to works he was completing when death intervened in February 2017. Many have never been seen in public, as he often worked on commissions from private clients. Twelve owners have generously contributed loans to add diversity to the show.

Chris Allan, former director of the Hunterian Art Gallery and a sparring partner since 1968, has produced a booklet on Robin’s life and work to mark the occasion. Mercifully his essay (“Total Bullshit! …R. Hume”) is enhanced by over thirty reproductions of sculpture and paintings. Through the generous support of Una and Duncan Shanks, it can be sold at cost – £3.00 – to reach a wide audience. All proceeds will go to the Art Club’s Appeal Fund.

About twenty works will be offered for sale, and the organisers trust that many of Robin’s wide circle of friends and former students who were enriched by contact with him will wish to acquire an example.