About the artist
Kieren Hughes is a British painter, writer and independent film producer.
Originally from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Kieren studied Art in higher education before going on to study film at Southampton’s Solent University. Currently living in London, Kieren’s work often deals with the uncertainties of modern day living; either explicitly confronting or deliberately withdrawing from such contemporary concerns as the over saturation of technology, information, subjective viewpoints, and the fragmentation of the collective constant.
Some recent work
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The Suppression Pencil and acrylic on canvas . 30 x 42cm.
Painted using a collage of hand-written notes as its base, this piece is intended to reflect the artist’s frustration at unclear and mixed messages, and to resemble a complex and somewhat violent urban environment. Amidst the visual chaos, there still a sense of structure and repetition that is reflective of language.
Daybreaking Upon an Oil Disaster Acrylic on canvas. 42 x 32 cm.
This piece shows dawn breaking over a devastating oil spillage within an ambiguous but formidable landscape. The artist invites us to reflect on the duality of nature itself - the destructive capabilities of fossil fuels, and the life-giving power of the sun.
Age of Monitors Acrylic on canvas . 26 x 36cm.
Here we see a tiny office space as the one remaining light in a world of surrounding darkness. The painting is intended as a metaphor for the poor work/life balance in the modern world, with the the flat white rectangle of light suggesting a computer monitor, and its disproportion and contrast with the rest of the piece reflecting the inability of those immersed in a digital world to see any reality outside of it.
Chicago Fever Dream Acrylic on canvas . 24 x 30cm.
A woozy, expressionistic interpretation of Chicago from the point of view of a lost and overwhelmed traveller.
Neon lights are virtually indistinguishable from the vegetation, and three versions of the city’s John Hancock Building show posters depicting sex, death and life in the style of a grand burlesque show so as to lure the traveller into the city’s darkest delights.
The Last Privilege of an Oil Man Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 42 cm.
A satirical comment on the ignorance those in power have of their global responsibilities, this painting depicts an affluent man in a private swimming pool while the world around him faces apocalyptic destruction. The hand-gun shown near the top of a broken ladder reflects both the man’s desire to keep others from entering his luxurious refuge, and his naive assumption that the he can somehow protect himself from the fire and devastation closing in on him.
Tokyo Indian ink and acrylic on canvas. 10 x 15 cm.
Achieved by applying layers of bandages to canvas and allowing different coloured inks to leak through and merge upon the surface beneath; the removal of the bandages then gives the effect of ordered neon strips, like those of the high-tech, electricity-heavy characteristics of its titular city.
Wetlands Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 42 cm.
Influenced by French Impressionism, minimalism and the Japanese Edo period, this piece focuses in on the complex smaller worlds, shapes and eco systems taking place within the type of environments we would normally associate with the calming.
Tommy Two-Worlds Acrylic on canvas. 51 x 41 cm.
This painting depicts a future in which nature and technology live in some form of harmony. A young child has successfully harnessed both worlds. On his hand he wears a boxing glove to show how competent he is at such hardships, he emerges from a vaginal-like walkway as if the child of two worlds - the mechanised, autocratic brutality of the father, and the natural, fertile nature of the mother. He stares either in wonder or in anger at we who have caused these hardships.
The Three Men Who Rule the World Acrylic on canvas. 51 x 41 cm.
Taking an idea from the artist's own science fiction screenplay, “Echo of the Drum”, this piece depicts three figures - a politician, an industrialist and a criminal, playing a card game to decide the outcome of the next global power shift. It is left unclear whether they are oblivious to the destructive powers of the natural world about to consume them, or if they are somehow in control of it.
Untitled Pencil and acrylic on canvas. 30 x 42 cm.
This piece, painted over multiple layers of hand-written notes, attempts to express the idea that too much information merely leads to confusion, as well as the need to express emotion through written communication. Its colours and shapes deliberately blend organic and formal structures.
Sounds of a City Indian ink and acrylic on Canvas. 51 x 41cm.
This piece attempts to express visually the feel of a busy urban environment from the perspective of the non-visual senses. The over-stimulation of overlapping sounds, smells, and temperature creates a white noise delirium reflective of the way in which these environments are never truly still or simplistic.
Figures on a Loch Acrylic on canvas . 41 x 51 cm.
Inspired by early Impressionism, this piece reflects the artist’s need for nature and a desire for a life lived in harmony with the elements.
There is an idea of movement in the water, the passing mist, the sunlight, and the rowing boat. It is unclear whether the figures in the background
are of the present or ghostly reflections of an earlier, simpler time.
The Three Men Who Rule The World
Sounds of a City
Figures on a Loch
Daybreaking Upon an Oil Disaster
Age of Monitors
Chicago Fever Dream
The Last Privilege of an Oil Man
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or to discuss a commission, please get in touch.
Phone 07880 866824
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