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Watchlist Artist: Simon Hughes

In the project gallery we are presenting Simon Hughes, another Winnipeg artist, in his first solo show in New York. Five recent large scale watercolors represent the range of imagery Hughes employs. His masterfully rendered realistic paintings are at once playful and carefully controlled. His iconography combines stylized icons from the Canadian landscape like icy structures and the glittering aurora borealis, with interiors from his studio. The juxtaposition of the abstracted northern frontier with houseplants and kitschy items like rainbow mugs create a playful window into his practice. The careful masking process used to create patterns is impressive as he uses watercolor and mixed media in seamless gradients with believable trompe-l’œil or collage effects.  

(text source: Julie Saul Gallery)

Simon Hughes,The Captain's Cabin, 2012 watercolor, acrylic, acrylic Xerox, wood veneer amd child's color pencil drawing on paper 51" x 37"; Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery


More on Simon Hughes (b. 1973, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Simon Hughes' 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).

(text source: Julie Saul Gallery)

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

For further information...(ArtSlant Profile) (Artist's Website) (Galleries: Julie Saul GalleryMayberry Fine Art)


(Image on top: Simon Hughes, Composition in Red with Associated Memories , 2013 , watercolor, acrylic xerox transfer and child's color pencil drawing on paper , 42" x 70"; Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/30/13

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