Des Hughes is a British artist who lives and works in London and Herefordshire.
He completed an Master of Arts in Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College, London in 2002, following a Bachelor 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 has been the subject of major solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally including, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2005) Michael Benevento, Los Angeles (2008), Frieze Art Fair (2010), Nottingham Contemporary (2010) Ancient & Modern, London (2012) Buchmann Galerie, Berlin (2013) Manchester Art Gallery (2013) The Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, United Kingdom (2014) and The Hepworth Wakefield, United Kingdom (2015-Spring 2016) Selected group shows include, Baronet Wells Institute, Hamish McKay, Wellington, New Zealand (2004), Art Out of Place, Castle Museum, Norwich (2005), Strange Weight, Martos Gallery, New York (2007), Strange Events Permit Themselves the Luxury of Occurring, Camden Arts Centre, London (2007), Art Now: Beating the Bourds, Tate Britain, London (2009), Never The Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts), Camden Arts Centre, London, curated by Simon Starling (2010) and "BigMinis, Fetishes of Crisis", cur Alexi Vaillant, CAPC Musée d"art contemporain de Bordeaux (2010) Dystopia, CAPC, Musée d"art contemporain, Bordeaux (2011), Sometimes I wish I could just disappear", David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2011), Clare Woods and Des Hughes, The Sleepers, Pallant House, United Kingdom (2016).