From the studio
March 6 – 26 . 2014
Opening reception with Daniel Hughes:
Thursday, March 6th | 6pm to 8pm
The twenty new paintings in From the studio rely on each other and the personal response of the viewer in creating a well shaped look at the unique features of being human. The meaning of life, the search for gratification, change, growth, maturity and mortality face the viewer in beautiful tableaux built of paint and passion. Rendered in a palette all his own, the new works of Daniel Hughes present an emphasis on the human figure in settings replete with life as a way to explore meaning in paint and in ourselves.
I have spent the past 5 years de-constructing my work and re-evaluating what is important to me in my painting and as a painter. Not to say that I reject my past work; not at all. I just came to a place where my work has naturally evolved allowing me to stay focused and engaged.
Moving from a more traditional "Realist" genre to something more painterly and direct has been a struggle with many failed attempts and disappointments. The act of painting and destroying and re-painting is becoming much more of a natural instinctive process than it was in the past.
For me, to create a good painting is for it to be about the "paint" itself. The marks made and the layers created through building up and breaking down of the paint. The central focus of the work can be as much about colour as it is about the form that inspires the work and its narrative. Sometimes finding a language that is representational and abstract at the same time.
Since graduating with honours from the New York Academy of Art M.F.A. program in 1995, Hughes has seen his work featured in solo shows throughout Canada and in London, England. He has also shown in numerous International Art Fairs, as well as in exhibitions in New Jersey, New York, Florida and New Mexico. Since 2000, Hughes has taught and lectured at art schools and universities in Canada and the US, including the Toronto School of Art, OCAD, and the University of Florida.
"To simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak"
Please contact the gallery for purchase and press information. Daniel Hughes’ CV, full artist statement and From the studio catalogue (PDF) available.