Simon Hughes

Born 1973, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Simon Hughes was born in Winnipeg in 1973. His art practice encompasses painting, drawing, film and video. Since 2000, he has worked almost exclusively on paper with watercolour, collage and other media, moving from earlier narrative works exploring regionalism and ideas of “the north” into more recent abstract works investigating the history of Modernism, 1960s pop-psychology, and the mark-making of children. 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 of the University of California, Riverside and la Maison Rouge in Paris. He has received numerous grants from the Manitoba and Winnipeg Arts Councils as well as the Canada Council for the Arts. He holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba (1996) and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine (2010).

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