Born in 1967, Ben Hughes is a self taught landscape and portrait artist. Predominantly painting in oils, he has exhibited widely across the south of England and is a member of the Bath Society of Artists. His prizes include the Davison Award from the Royal Society of British Artists and the Best Emerging Artist Prize and Viewers Choice Award from the Royal West of England Academy.
"There is a dichotomy that runs throughout my work. Most noticeably this has evolved in my portraits with their graphic, stylized backgrounds against a traditionally rendered sitter and from this my latest series of swimmer paintings. The figure is still the central focus, but now distorted beyond individual recognition. Flat colour and pattern has totally replaced any realistic background, in some cases evoking water or perhaps, a tiled surface beyond; both pattern and distorted figure inviting interpretation.
Patterns started appearing in my work in an attempt to reflect my own mathematical background as well as inform the subject. This has evolved so that now, for me, they represent the habits and repetition in our everyday lives; the rhythm of breathing; the first cup of the day. Against this mundane backdrop the swimmer distorts, fragments and reassembles, but the patterns continue unbroken."
The Royal Crescent Prize
The Bath Prize Competition
Best Emerging Artist, Royal West of England Academy
Viewers Choice Prize, Royal West of England Academy
Davison Award, Royal Society of British Artists