More Works By Daniel Hughes Acrylic and Charcoal on Panel 2023
12 × 12 in 30.48 × 30.48 cm

About Protection

He’s been called a ‘master of psychological realism.’ Canadian artist Daniel Hughes is known for creating haunting ‘true to life’ portraits. This piece rendered in black and white-- acrylic and charcoal depicts a young man, his face dramatically painted, his gaze directed at the viewer, unwavering. Behind him appears to be several images of the same woman, each face partially blurred, each image glancing in another direction.

“Learning how to paint the figure is all about problem solving. How do I make that look real? How do I turn that around? How do I make that light look proper? How do I understand anatomy? It’s not something you’re born with at all.” Dan Hughes

After completing his MFA at New York Academy of Art in 1995, Hughes studied in Florence, Italy through the Ontario College of Art. Hughes received the Elizabeth Greenshields Award for Figurative Art in 1991 and 1995. He has had solo shows throughout Canada, England and the US, and was part of a prestigious group show at The National Portrait Gallery in London (2005).