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. Robert Alwyn Hughes


"Entry of the Elect..."
2001, acrylic on canvas

"Mandorla" 2002
acrylic on canvas

"Mary Lwyd", 2003
acrylic on canvas

(artist's collection)

Robert was born in 1935 in Dowlais Top Glamorganshire. He studied Fine Art from 1953 to 1957 at Newport College of Art and in 1957/8 at Leicester College of Art. Afterwards he did further studies from 1958 to 1961 at the Royal College of Art in London. In the 1970s he made a number of films under the title 'Taliesin' and was active in experimental film & photographic projects. For years he taught at Gloucestershire College of Art in Cheltenham, where the painter Chris Griffin was one of his students.

"Finding inspiration for his work both at home in the Welsh countryside and its traditions, and also from a more diverse range of cultural and historical moments, Robert Alwyn Hughes recognises the importance for Welsh art to have " a greater grasp of identity worldwide".

'The Horsemen' series is a striking example of Hughes' ability to merge ideas and images from a variety of sources. A hybrid fusion of traditional and contemporary, material and ethereal, symbolic and real, Hughes' work demonstrates the power of the image to speak the text in ways which are fresh, bold and challenging. (Quoted from Hannah O'Leary's introduction to the Horsemen's Series in Wales Modern Newsletter No.8)

Since the 90's Hughes as drawn on his studies of 14th and 16th century painting, and Medieval Church wall paintings in an attempt to create his 'today'. His latest paintings are based on the quotations from Acts and Corinthians and on Roger Caillois's quote from his writings - Au coeur du fantastique-'that art has no right to venture here at all' .
They influenced by those strange depictions of ecorches and psuedo-cadavers, the incredible anatomical wax effigies of the Museu 'La Specola' in Florence. Transcribed, the paintings are about symbolic fantasies where resemblance is exchanged for dissemblance, appearance for disappearance and material is exchanged for the -'indistinct breath of the image'."

Public Collections:
Contemporary Art Society for Wales acquired his painting "Send Out Your Homing Pigeons Dai" housed at International House in Cardif; Arts Council for Great Britain; Welsh Arts Council; Contemporary Arts Society of Great Britain; Welsh Contemporary Arts Society; Royal College of Art; Cambria Airways; P&O Shipping Lines; National Museum of Wales; Gloucestershire Education Authority; Leicestershire Education Authority; Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery; Cyfarthfa Castle Museum Merthyr Tydfil; Westminster Hospital.

Principal dealer: John Martin Gallery London.

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