Simon Hughes, Previously Sold Artwork

Fractured Monochrome #8
Simon Hughes
Oil on Canvas (24x30 in) 2015
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99 Problems
Simon Hughes
Acrylic & oil on aluminum panel (48x32 in) 2015
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Night Shift
Simon Hughes
acrylic and oil on canvas (24x30 in) 2015
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Fractured Monochrome No. 6
Simon Hughes
acrylic and oil on canvas (24x30 in) 2014
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Family Colours
Simon Hughes
watercolour and transfer on paper (28x20.5 in) 2014
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Diagonal Passage
Simon Hughes
Oil on birch board (30x40 in) 2014
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Northern Ellipse
Simon Hughes
oil on birch panel (40x48 in) 2014
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Northern Sky
Simon Hughes
Oil on birch panel (40x48 in) 2014
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Two Solitudes
Simon Hughes
Watercolour and Ink on paper (57x38 in) 2013
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Coronal Mass Ejection
Simon Hughes
Oil and Acrylic on Linen (78x96 in) 2013
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South Side Spirits
Simon Hughes
Watercolour (20x28.25 in) 2013
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The National Museum of Driftwood
Simon Hughes
Watercolour (29x21 in) 2012
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Transcona Borealis
Simon Hughes
Watercolour (24x24 in) 2011
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Fractured Monochrome #3
Simon Hughes
Oil on birch panel (50x60 in) 2011
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Fractured Monochrome #2
Simon Hughes
Oil on panel (36x40 in) 2011
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Frozen Forest
Simon Hughes
Watercolour (27.5x20.5 in) 2010
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Geometric Abstraction, January
Simon Hughes
Mixed Media (28x20 in) 2009
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Institute
Simon Hughes
Mixed Media (69x39 in) 2008
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Office Space and Grow-Op
Simon Hughes
Mixed Media (18.5x13.25 in) 2007
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Border Fence
Simon Hughes
Mixed Media (42x70 in) 2007
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Simon Hughes

(1973)

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Simon Hughes was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1973. He holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba (1996) and an MFA from the University of California (2010), in Irvine. His art practice encompasses painting, drawing, film and video. Since 2000, he has worked almost exclusively on paper using watercolour, collage and other media. His “Northern” series of narrative works explore regionalism and common stereotypes of Canada’s north.
Hughes’ recent works show his fascination with the Canadian abstract canon and its interaction with visual culture mediums. He reconsiders this canon in his own work, through the study of the influential artists, Paul Klee, Arthur Dove and Claude Tousignant. A Critical Modernist at heart, his abstracts and quasi-architectural renderings create fantastical Canadian scenarios, indulging his interest in childhood pursuits by referencing lego bricks and stickers. Using these childhood tools and armed with a playful attitude, he becomes an architect and city planner of imaginary buildings in an imagined northern city. His “proposed” pre-fabricated, modular, log/wood, highrise condominiums are decorated with ice sculptures and inhabited by “sticker” people. The stickers, a stereotypical vision of northern people, populate these fanciful buildings where they meet and mingle in improbable surroundings. Through a combination hybrid pioneering and Modernist spirit, Hughes has envisioned a hypothetical architectural and urban history that engages in a critical dialogue of contemporary Canadian communities.
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 at the University of California, in Riverside. He has received numerous grants from the Manitoba and Winnipeg Arts Councils, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts.

Reference:

Enright, R. (2010), Contemporary Stops Along the Modernist Highway - Mr. In-Between - an interview with Simon Hughes. Border Crossings Magazine Vol.29 No.4 Issue 116

Links

SimonHughes.ca
Artist Website

Winnipeg Art Gallery
WAG Permanent Collection

Border Crossings
Mr. In-Between: Contemporary Stops Along the Modernist Highway: An Interview with Simon Hughes

CBC
Winnipeg artists nominated for Sobey Art Award

The Globe and Mail
At the National Gallery: Black and white and everything light