Madrona Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works on paper by E.J. Hughes.
As one of British Columbia’s most celebrated artists, E.J. Hughes continues to be remembered for his strong depictions of the West Coast landscape. This collection of works on paper gives a glimpse into Hughes’ process and how he observed the world that is captured through his paintings.
Creating his works on location, Hughes would later add written notes regarding tone and colour. This dedication and focus shown in his preliminary sketches and drawings would provide the foundation for larger, fully realized paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolour for years to come.
Hughes studied at the Vancouver School of Applied Art and Design from 1929-1935 under Charles H. Scott, Jock Macdonald, and Frederick Varley. He would later go on to serve as an official war artist from 1943-1946. Hughes was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1968 and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Order of Canada in 2001 and the Order of British Columbia in 2005. This will be the first focused solo exhibition of works by E.J. Hughes in over a decade.
Image: E.J. Hughes, "Houses, Qualicum Beach", 18 x 24, Watercolour, 2000
Image at top: E.J. Hughes, "South Thompson Valley at Pritchard, BC", 20 x 24, Watercolour, c. 1962
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