Untitled (Self Portrait) No 03 by Daniel Hughes

Oil On Canvas
20 × 20 inches
50.8 × 50.8 cm
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About the Work

Iconic image of a nude male torso on a ground of shifting depths and colours, cool green and lavender with pink and red-browns. The haunting image reflects Hughes developed sense of observational realism tempered by memento mori - a fleeting but captured moment. Hughes is an established and highly skilled portraitist with a deep appreciation for neoclassical techniques. He learned and practiced these skills in Florence through the Ontario College of Art before completing his MFA at New York Academy of Art in 1995. During this period he moved towards "observational realism". According to critic Donald Kuspit, this approach to realism depicts the world exactly as it appears to be. But Hughes brought colour into this vision - he created "a beautiful friction" between warm and cool tones that mirrors the intersection and blurring of nonfigurative with figurative elements. What you see one moment may be gone the next. 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).

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