Through beautifully and painstakingly crafted paintings and drawings, Chris Shaw Hughes documents places with collective trauma in their history. He has a deft way with line that makes his work highly detailed, like a photograph (Aesthetica magazine called them "technical marvels"). He began using…Show more carbon paper to explore a 'negative' aesthetic and ideas of sensitivity to place and history.
In 2010, Shaw Hughes was selected for the ICA's Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition, making him part of a new wave of challenging contemporary artists. He's also shown at the Liverpool Biennale and Ruskin Drawing Prize show.
He has said: "I’m interested in how some places are ‘defined’ by the events that happen within them, and whether the aura of trauma remains, either in the places, or in our representations of them."Show less
"Chris Shaw Hughes uses his impeccable draughtsmanship to create images which speak straight to the viewer. We are used to seeing photographs of people and places destroyed by human actions or nature. In fact, and we've become inured to it. But by drawing these images Chris makes them altogether more haunting and powerful. Drawing is a very personal medium - personal because of the time it takes for the artist create the images - and also a very traditional one. By using such a traditional method to create images of modern day trauma, Chris has produced stunning and thought provoking works of art. Beautiful."
Jo Baring - Rise Art Curator
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