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Simon Hughes

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Birth year


Representing galleries
Galerie Division, Mayberry Fine Art, Julie Saul Gallery


Simon Hughes was born in Winnipeg in 1973. His art practice encompasses painting, drawing, film and video. Since 2000, he has worked almost exclusively on paper with watercolour, collage and other media, moving from earlier narrative works exploring regionalism and ideas of “the north” into more recent abstract works investigating the history of Modernism, 1960s pop-psychology, and the mark-making of children. Hughes’ large, multi-paneled watercolour installations have been included in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Confederation Centre for the Arts, Plug In ICA and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. His video work has been exhibited at museums and film festivals worldwide, most recently at the Sweeney Art Gallery of the University of California, Riverside and la Maison Rouge in Paris. He has received numerous grants from the Manitoba and Winnipeg Arts Councils as well as the Canada Council for the Arts. He holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba (1996) and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine (2010).


Born 1973, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


2010 Masters of Fine Arts, University of California, Irvine
1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Manitoba

Solo / Two Person Exhibitions

TBA, Divison Gallery, Toronto, Canada
New Watercolors, Julie Saul Gallery, New York

2012 Galerie Division, Montréal

Hypersurregionalism- Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA
North Morphology- Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg

Other Gallery @ Milwaukee International Art Fair, Milwaukee, WI
Wasagaming Community Arts, Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

2004 Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton

2002 Canada – Other Gallery / Revolver Contemporary Art, Toronto

1999 Plug-In Billboard Project, Winnipeg

Selected Group Exhibitions

Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Looking Up, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
Shape Shifters, Division Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2012-2013 Builders, the 2012 Canadian Biennial, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

2012 Group Exhibition, Galerie Division, Montreal

Out of Nowhere, Julie Saul Gallery, New York
My Winnipeg - La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Go West- Neubacher Shor Contemporary, Toronto

Canadian Biennial- It is What It Is- National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
It Is What It Is - National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
RE:Cycle - Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside
Abstract - Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton
Nine Stories - LAX ART, Los Angeles, CA

Greater Los Angeles MFA - CSULB Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
Collage Crimes: Carte grise a Guy Maddin- Dazibao, Montréal.
Comic Relief - National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Drawing Up a Storm - Confederation Arts Centre, Charlottetown, PEI
Subconscious City - Winnipeg Art Gallery

Rear/View - Freight and Volume Gallery, New York, NY
Giant Robot, New York, NY
Scratching the Surface - Plug In ICA, Winnipeg Manitoba
Printmakers Association, Winnipeg In the Blink of an Eye – Winnipeg Art Gallery

2006 Canada Dreaming – Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Collage Party – ZieherSmith Gallery, New York, NY
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art – University of Dundee, Scotland

2005 Toronto/Berlin Gallery Exchange – Abel Neue Kunst, Berlin, Germany

2004 Other Gallery @ Scope Art Fair, Los Angeles CA Northern Lights – Lump Gallery Projects, Raleigh NC

2003 Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver North – Truck Gallery, Calgary

Paradise City – Wolfson Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami FL
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica CA
Ibid Projects, London, UK

2001 Other Gallery, Winnipeg Extra Neccessitites- Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton

Magnetic North: Canadian Experimental Video – Walker Art Center, Minneapolis;
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley;
PowerPlant, Toronto; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa;
Art Gallery of Calgary; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh;
De Balie, Amsterdam; et al.
Greetings from Winnipeg – MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis MN

Laughing – Plug-In ICA, Winnipeg
Royal Art Lodge Toy, Doll and Puppet Show – Royal Art Lodge, Winnipeg

1998 The Brown Show – Ace Art, Winnipeg

1996 If the Shoe Fits Gerald – Plug-In ICA, Winnipeg

Video Screenings & Film Festivals

MixNYC - New York, NY
Video Music - Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

Maudit Cinema Canadien! – Fri-Son, Fribourg, Switzerland
Independent Music Video Festival – Vancouver, BC

2002 Zed TV – CBC Television, Canada

Kassler Documentarfilm-und-videofest – Kassel, Germany
European Media Art Festival – Osnabrück, Germany
Boston Underground Film Festival

2000 Vancouver Underground Film Festival Antimatter Film Festival – Victoria, BC

1999 Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse

1998 The Prince Edward Island Experiment – City Cinema, Charlottetown

1997 Kunst und Complex, Rotterdam, Holland

Grants & Awards

2012 Production Grant- Canada Council for the Arts

Visual Arts ?A' Grant – Manitoba
Arts Council Individual Artist A' Grant – Winnipeg Arts Council

2009 Tierney Scholarship, University of California, Irvine

2007 Research/Creation - Canada Council for the Arts

2006 Deep Bay Artist Residency – Manitoba Arts Council

2005 Individual Artist Grant – Winnipeg Arts Council

2004 Visual Arts ?B' Grant – Manitoba Arts Council

2002 Emerging Artist Grant – Canada Council for the Arts Video Production Grant – Manitoba Arts Council

2001 Individual Artist Grant – Winnipeg Arts Advisory Council

1998 Visual Arts ?B' Grant – Manitoba Arts Council

1997 Visual Arts ?C' Grant – Manitoba Arts Council

Selected Bibliography

2012 Milroy, Sarah, "At the National Gallery: Black and White and Everything Light, The Globe and Mail, Friday, November 9, 2012

My Winnipeg exhibition catalogue- La Maison Rouge, Paris
Enright, Robert. “Mr. In-Between" Border Crossings - November
It Is What It Is - exhibition catalogue - National Gallery of Canada

Subconscious City - exhibition catalogue - Winnipeg Art Gallery
Scratching the Surface - exhibition catalogue - Plug In
Editions Sandals, Leah. "Portaits of the 'Peg." National Post, April 25

Stern, Steven. "Collage Party" (review). Frieze - September. 2004
Bouchard, Gilbert. “Hughes exhibit where Canadian imagery meets sticker art.” The Edmonton Journal – June 4.

2003 Ocana, Damrys. “Nice Show, eh?” Street (Miami)- February 7
Enright, Robert. “The Art of the Impossiblist.” Border Crossings – February

Hirschmann, Thomas. “Winnipeg Wit.” NOW (Toronto) – November 7.
Enright, Robert. “Permission to Dream is Granted.” The Globe and Mail – November 2.

2000 Kuchar, George. “On Awakening of Desire and Danny Kaye's Eyes.” in Magnetic North
exhibition catalogue, Jenny Lion, ed. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center.
Abbe, Mary. “Odd, Canada!” Minneapolis Star-Tribune – January 21.

Public Collections

TD Bank, Toronto, Canada
Claridge Investment, Montreal, Canada
Canada Council Art Bank
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, OH
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Recent Exhibits

Simon Hughes participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2013 New Watercolors
Julie Saul Gallery
Dec, 2011 Out of Nowhere: a group show of Winnipeg artists
Julie Saul Gallery
Nov, 2011 Hill / Hughes: Hypersurregionalism
Oct, 2010 Re:Cycle: Bike Culture in Southern California
Sweeney Art Gallery
Jul, 2010 Nine Stories: The 2010 UCI Graduate Exhibition
Apr, 2010 MFA 3 Thesis Exhibition, Part I
UCI Art Gallery
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