Approved: 23.11.2006

Steffan Jones-Hughes

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator, Project manager, Writer

Approved: 23.11.2006

The story within my drawing is not pre-planned; it emerges from and with the work of the hand as it develops, the eye and the mind following in that order. At first glance, the drawings appear to be attractive illustrations to some fable or another, but closer examination shows they are not. In a very real way, they are the fables, and like Grimms tales, can have a dark side. I hope to create work

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  • Location: Corwen, Wales
  • Activities: Lecturing, Practice-based research, Participatory projects, Critical writing, Exhibitions programme
  • Categories: Curatorial, Project, Drawing, Illustration, Printmaking
  • Tags: Wales, welsh, drawing, print, people, narrative, Folk, Drawing, Cartoon, Child
 
 

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    Biography

    The story within my drawing is not pre-planned; it emerges from and with the work of the hand as it develops, the eye and the mind following in that order. At first glance, the drawings appear to be attractive illustrations to some fable or another, but closer examination shows they are not. In a very real way, they are the fables, and like Grimms tales, can have a dark side. I hope to create work that has an edginess, I was delighted when someone told me they found my work disturbing, because although it isn't always conceived in that way, I do hope to elicit a response. It's about how we react to change, the uncertainty of things, never really knowing what will come next. I'm also interested in how we got to where we are, does where were from make us who we are? Are we the sum of our experiences and our past and our heritage? I am constantly trying to discover who I am through my work, trying to find out where I belong. It is of course tilting at windmills because just by simply asking myself where do I belong, I know that I will never find the answer because the truth is we belong anywhere and everywhere. A sense of place and of belonging, making links to events and stories, places from the memory, all rekindled.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training 1991 - MA Fine Art, Manchester Polytechnic, Manchester 1989 - BA (Hons) Printed Textiles, WSCAD, Farnham, Farnham Solo exhibitions 2008 - at night i lie awake and listen to the birds singing, Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham 2008 - Printed, Galeri, Caernarfon 2006 - Narrative without Stories, MOMA y tabernacl, Machynlleth 2002 - Steffan Jones-Hughes, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin 2000 - Art Factory, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh 2000 - Making a Difference, Huyton Art Gallery, Knowsley Group exhibitions 2013 - Contemporary Welsh Printmakers, Wales Office, European Parliament, Brussels 2013 - Grafiek in Wales // Printmaking in Wales, Galerie Josine Bokhoven, Amsterdam, The Nederlands 2013 - Y Lle Celf, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Sir Ddinbych a’r Cyffiniau 2013 - Y Lle Print: Contemporary Welsh Printmaking, European Parliament Building, Brussels 2010 - Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London 2009 - 7th British International Miniprint Exhibition, Printmakers Council, Touring 2009 - Birds Bees and Butterflies, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath 2009 - Four Printmakers, Oriel Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold 2009 - Le Chéile: A Welsh Irish Print Collaboration, Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin, Dublin 2009 - Northern Print Biennale, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle 2009 - Spring Show, Left Bank, Tarland, near Aboyne 2008 - for the love of making books, south hill park artcentre, Bracknell 2008 - HOT, Memorial Gallery, Wrexham 2008 - Le Cheile, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co Kildare, Newbridge 2008 - The Postcard Project, Gateway Education and Arts Centre, Shrewsbury 2007 - For the love of making books, Wrexham Arts Centre Touring Exhibition, UK 2007 - Steffan Jones Hughes & Jeanette Orrell, The Brindley, Runcorn Curated projects 2009 - Cornel Celf...a chrefft, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Bala 2009 - Inspired Responses, The Brindley, Runcorn 2008 - Paul Peter Piech; work from the archive, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth 2008 - Paul Peter Piech; work from the archive, Theatr Clwyd, Mold Artist talks 2007 - Steffan Jones Hughes & Jeanette Orrell, The Brindley, Runcorn Projects 2013 - Here|There|Everywhere, Jo Marsh curated project in temporary gallery space above Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham Publications 2007 - Folk Art and Fairy Tales Catalogue essay for Oriel Davies touring exhibition