Gráinne McHugh

About Gráinne McHugh

Gráinne McHugh (b. 1982, Drogheda) trained as an artist in Cork and Galway, Ireland, and has exhibited extensively in South Africa where she lived for several years.

Mainly working with ceramics, McHugh creates ambiguous figures and glazed heads and busts. In 2014, the artist was part of a FabLab residency program in Lisbon, Portugal, exploring the scope of digital fabrication.

“For me the focal points of images around which a narrative forms are archaic, compulsive, and wild at heart.”

“Everyone has a sense that, globally, politically, we’re in a perfect storm… I’m not primarily concerned with making policy statements about this or that subject as I am in the emotional undertow and the need to hold out a hope that is higher than the high-water mark.”

McHugh has been part of exhibitions in Berlin and Bremen, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and South Africa. In 2017, she completed a residency at the Lunenburg School of the Arts with a project entitled Dark Waters which became her first solo show in North America. McHugh’s work is held in private collections in Canada, Ireland, and South Africa.