Des Hughes

Overview

Born 1970 in Nottingham, UK.
Lives and works in London and Herefordshire.

Des Hughes completed an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London in 2002, following a BA in Fine Art at Bath College of Art in 1994.

Hughes’ sculptural practice engages with traditional sculptural materials in new and inventive ways: mixing bronze with organic material for instance. He is also fascinated by the strangeness of British art, whether it be primitive art, strange craft objects or the reinvention of landscape, still life in British Surrealism and modernist British sculptural history. He has guest curated an exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery and has been longlisted for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London. Hughes’ work is held in many major collections including Arts Council Collection, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery.

Selected Works

Biography / CV

Born 1970 in Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Lives and works in London and Herefordshire.

 

EDUCATION

2000 – 2002 MA Fine Art Goldsmith’s College, London

1990 – 1994 BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture) Bath College of Art

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022

Work is a Four Letter Word, Bo Lee and Workman, Bruton, United Kingdom

2021

Des Hughes/Anna & Bernhard Blume, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2018

Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark

2017

Keeper of Heads, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2016

XXX, Bruce Haines Mayfair, London, United Kingdom

2015

Stretch Out and Wait, Hepworth Wakefield, United Kingdom

The Visitors, Pubic Art Project for Wellington, New Zealand

2013

Buchmann Box, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Ancient & Modern, London, United Kingdom

2012

Everything’s Inevitable, Manchester Art Gallery, United Kingdom

2011

Thems Please, (Curated by Measure) 76 Chatsworth Rd, London, United Kingdom

2010

Endless Endless, ‘Frame’ solo presentation, Frieze Art Fair, London, United Kingdom

Small Collections, Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom

2008

Des Hughes and Richard Hughes, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, United States

2007

Ancient & Modern, London, United Kingdom

2005

Boneless, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

2004

The Screaming Abdabs, The Showroom, London, United Kingdom

2002

Unconvincing Sausages, Kate MacGarry, London, United Kingdom

1999

Being Boring, Virgin Megastore, London, United Kingdom

1998

Wishing on a star, Tablet Gallery, London, United

1997

I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing, Habitat, King’s Rd, London, United Kingdom

We hate it when our friends become successful, Southampton City Art Gallery, United Kingdom

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023

Ways of Seeing, Bo Lee and Workman, Bruton, United Kingdom

2023

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Market Art Fair 2023 – Martin Asbæk Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2022

Flock, Bo Lee and Workman, Bruton, United Kingdom

2021

At Home, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2020

L’effet Domino, Le 109, Nice, France

2019

MATERIAL:Textile, Messums Wiltshire, Salisbury, United Kingdom

4 Bed Detached Home of Metal, The New Art Gallery Walsall, United Kingdom

2018

The Most Real Thing: Contemporary Textiles and Sculpture, New Art Centre, Salisbury, United Kingdom

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Somerset House, London, United Kingdom

Black Mirror, Art as Social Satire, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

A Place on the Table, Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Wales, United Kingdom

Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking , Paul Morrison Studio, Sheffield, United Kingdom

2017

Fifteen, Kate MacGarry, London, United Kingdom

2016

The Sleepers, (Two Person Show), Pallant House Gallery, United Kingdom

Summer in the City, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Royal Academy Summer Show, London, United Kingdom

Buffet D’Art, Berlin, London, Hestercombe House, United Kingdom

2015

Happy Valleys, Galerie Simpson, United Kingdom

2014

Body and Void, Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green

2012

‘a thing is a thing is a thing’, The Minories Galleries, Colchester

2011
Sculpture Garden, frieze Art Fair, London, United Kingdom

Dystopia, CAPC centre d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France

Sometimes I wish I could just disappear’, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

House of Beasts’ (MeadowArts commision) , Attingham Park, Shropshire, United Kingdom

Backbone: A Selection of Modern British Sculptors, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, United Kingdom

Modern British Sculpture, Gimpel Fils, London, United Kingdom

2010
Never The Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts), Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom

BigMinis, Fetishes of Crisis, CAPC centre d’art contemporarin de Bordeaux, France

Newspeak, British Art Now Part II, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Bart Wells Boutique, London, cur. Luke Gottelier & Francis Upritchard, United Kingdom

Undone: making and un-making in Contemporary Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, United Kingdom

Rive Gauche, Rive Droite, various venues, cur. Marc Jancou, Paris, France

The Nature of Things, Two Jonnys Projects, London, United Kingdom

2009

Beating the Bounds, Art Now, Tate Britain, United Kingdom

Fallen Out of Space, Jan Mol Collection, London, United Kingdom

Continuity, Gimpel Fils, London, United Kingdom

Friends & Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, United States

2008

Weißes Lächeln, Croy Neilson, Berlin, Germany

2007

Strange Events Permit Themselves the Luxury of Occurring, Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom

Strange Weight, Martos Gallery, New York, United States

2006

Among the Ash Heaps and Millionaires, Ancient & Modern, London, United Kingdom

2005

Still Life With, Kate MacGarry, London, United Kingdom

Art Out of Place, Castle Museum, Norwich, United Kingdom

The Wonderful Fund Collection, Le Musée de Marrekech, Marocco

2004

Wider Than The Sky, Commercial Street, London, United Kingdom

Mementoes & Other Curiosities, Farmiloes, London, United Kingdom

Death of Romance, Ganton Street, London, United Kingdom

Bart Wells Institute, Hamish McKay, Wellington, New Zealand

2003

The Unhomely, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, United Kingdom

18%, Geoffrey Charles Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Twilight, Gimpel Fils, London, United Kingdom

2002

The Way To Happiness, VTO, London, United Kingdom

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Arts Council Collection, United Kingdom

The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom

Saatchi Collection, London, United Kingdom

The David Roberts Foundation, United Kingdom