I trained as an art teacher spending most of my working life teaching art in different contexts. Since retiring from The University of Worcester in 2016 where I taught on the MA Education programme, I have been concentrating full time on my art and have a studio in Malvern.
I have exhibited widely in the West Midlands and have had work accepted by the RBSA ( Royal Birmingham Society of Artists ) and the Open 2017 in Leamington Spa.
My own work is mainly in the field of painting and drawing, where I explore the relationship between what is seen and what is felt. Currently my subjects are taken from the landscape, in particular hills, pathways, trees, nooks, gateways, crevices and tunnels. I have developed an interest in exploring the play of light and shadow and am drawn to the mystery of nature and mysterious places, trying to convey this through my work.
Often I begin with large charcoal sketches that are explored to inform a series of paintings. These are worked upon in dialogue with my response to the subject matter, with an emphasis on visual and emotional dynamics. Although rooted in the motif, my work tends towards improvisation; exploring elements such as colour, movement, rhythm, light and dark. I strengthen the abstract qualities to convey my thoughts and feelings whilst retaining a sense of place.
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Shaun Robert Hughes May 2018