Approved: 01.04.2021

Gareth Hughes

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Teacher

Approved: 01.04.2021

I studied Fine Art at the Universities of Coventry and Reading prior to undertaking a Visiting Fellowship at the Yale Center of British Art. I have exhibited quite widely in the UK and abroad, including shows in the USA, China, Germany and Hungary. I currently combine my art practice with being a Head of Art at an independent school in Essex. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a cluster of more recent exhibitions have included being featured in the ‘Being Human’ Festival in London.

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    Artist Statement

    I studied Fine Art at the Universities of Coventry and Reading prior to undertaking a Visiting Fellowship at the Yale Center of British Art. I have exhibited quite widely in the UK and abroad, including shows in the USA, China, Germany and Hungary. I currently combine my art practice with being a Head of Art at an independent school in Essex. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a cluster of more recent exhibitions have included being featured in the ‘Being Human’ Festival in London.

    I paint predominantly in a figurative manner with oil paints and canvas, as well as in digital paintings. I gravitate towards creating work for my own personal and others’ fulfilment, and with an overriding wish to help parts of society. Recent work supports charitable causes such as 'Hope for Justice' , the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust & the NHS. Old film stills - reimagined - bear a fresh relevance to current times. These mix with primary source matter as well such as, more lately, portraits of NHS workers. Canvas works are created at speed, often within the space of a couple of hours, regarding the duration of painting as conceptual in line with the chosen subject matter. I am aiming to exhibit more widely in the coming years whilst continuing to reflect aspects in society.

    CV & Education

    Gareth Hughes FRSA

    Current work - Head of Art, New Hall School, Chelmsford (I have also been Head of Art at three previous independent schools)

    Team Leader, A Level Art & Design, Edexcel / Pearson examination board

    Qualifications include -

    BA Hons First Class Fine Art, Coventry University

    Master in Fine Art, University of Reading

    Leadership & Management in Education, Sheffield Hallam University

    Solo & Group Exhibitions include: 

    Lanchester Gallery & Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry

    Ludwig Museum of Art, Aachen, Germany

    Galerie Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

    Bursaries include:

    ?UK representative at the European Germinations Art Workshop, Germany

    Visiting Fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

    Boise Scholar, Slade School of Fine Art, London

    Recent Group Exhibitions in 2020 - 21 include:

    - 'The Wilderness Exhibition', St Pancras New Church, London (starting March 22nd)

    - '2020 Art Competition' & 'Seasons' exhibitions, King House Art Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon 

    - Being Human Exhibition / Festival, Queen Mary University, London

    - Get Carter / Ted Lewis 50th Anniversary Exhibition, 2021 Visual Arts Centre, Lincolnshire

    - Coantivirus International Art exhibition, NY20+, Chengdu, China

    Recent publications / features include:

    Look North Regional News

    Dwell Time Special COVID-19 Edition

    King House Gallery Art Magazine - 1st Edition (The Year 2020) and website

    Sky Arts Portrait of the Week - S2, ep.9

    Public Collections include: Slade School of Fine Art, London as well as a variety of private collections.

    Current Galleries -

    The Net Gallery, London