I am interested in the idea of the ‘anti romantic,’ and how history seems so more interesting, idealized, romantic and captivating than the present, and for me, the future. I explore the idea of time, particularly in relation to memory, I am interested in our emotional relationship with memory within the new, modern and digital age. I use dark humor within my work, analyzing the coping mechanisms we manifest in order to deal with the uncertainty of our futures within the volatile world.
I am in constant battle with language, I explore how language is translated from concept, into the materiality of the work and then out again. I constantly toy with ideas of representation, incorporating both abstract and literal forms within my practice, this is very interesting to me. Art is an exploration, a discovery of my beliefs and predictions for the future. Art Allows me to question, through both concept and material the state of self at any given time. The ever changing explorations, tastes and outcomes are developed through continued engagement, they describe my vulnerability to outside influences such as media, politics and personal relationships.
“There’s both melancholy and humor in Richard Hughes’s work which explores (and sometimes unravels) the idea of sculpture as memorial. His work is physically engaging but intellectually subtle and quietly questioning too.” Tim Marlow: Head of Artistic Programs and Exhibitions at The Royal Academy.
Lives and works in Manchester UK.
Exhibitions and Events.
2008 The link Gallery, Manchester.
2009 Three years later, Victoria Baths, Manchester.
2009 Lancashire Arts Council LACI, Chorley.
2010 ‘Basement stories’ Altrincham.
2014 ‘Our Hands Were Always Dirty But Our Minds Were Always Clean.’ Fallout Factory, Liverpool
2014 ‘Noise Festival 2014 Launch.’ Curators choice: Tim Marlow. House of Commons, London
2014 ‘The Best New Creatives.’ ‘Noise 2014.’ Better Bankside and Southbank, London.
2014 ‘ Buy Art Fair.” Old Granada Studios, Manchester.
2014 ‘Noise at The Tetley.’ The Tetley, Leeds.
2015 ‘A Slow Passion.’ Federation House: Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Space. Manchester
2015 ‘XerXes Sculpture Prize.’ Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park.London.
2016 Featured Artist. Thistle Magazine. The Identity Issue, Spring 2016
2016 – Global Village – Stitching White Cube:
- Honig-factory, Zuideinde 74, 1541 CE Koog a/d Zaan, the Netherlands
- Youth Hostel, Richard-Schirrmann-Weg 6, 84028 Landshut, Germany,
- Kulturhuset Brønden, Brøndby Strand Center 60, 2660 Brøndby Strand, Denmark
2016 – ‘Spectrum.’ PS Mirabel Gallery, Manchester.
2016 – ‘Ambition – Instigate Arts.’ HOME Gallery, Manchester.
2016 – ‘ Darkness Can Not Drive Out Darkness, Only Light Can Do That.’ Lights of Soho , London
2016 – MarlerKunst 2016, Essen, Germany
2017 – ‘Mono’ PS Mirabel Gallery, Manchester
2017 – ‘Stick Or Twist.’ Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2017 – ‘Limbic’ Cuddle Projects, Art Hub. London
2017- ‘Duizend Bommen En Granaten’ Stitching White Cube, Kunsthal 45, Den Helder Netherlands.
2017 – ‘PLAY’ Bankley Gallery, Manchester.
2017 – ‘Is This Real Life??.’ Curated by I.O.U.A.E, B&D studios, Newcastle.
2017 – ‘Pupa.’ Assembly House, Leeds.
2017 – ‘A Show About The Show.’ Scaffold Gallery, Manchester.