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Artist's Statement - Jack Hughes


Jack Hughes As a reformed color field painter, I've come to acknowledge the necessity of truth in art no matter where it takes me. And, in over fifty years as an artist, art has sometimes been my strange and cruel mistress. But I've found if I allow myself freedom of expression, she will take me to new and exciting places. In art, as in life, if I'm unconcerned about where I am then I'm never lost. My intent is to simply enjoy, to the best of my abilities, whatever life hands me and to learn from it. It's become a matter of embracing creativity and allowing imagination free rein. When I don't edit or attempt to control the ride, entirely unique vistas open. That's where I find my best work.

I especially enjoy the time between sleeping and waking - the nether world. Instead of shaking off the dream paths I embrace them, eager for discovery. This exhibit exemplifies that state. Usually I'm pretty good at recalling specific characters, symbols and objects from my dream/wakefulness. I begin with a sound idea of what I want to do and allow it to unravel from there. I like to think these paintings are probably what cartoon characters dream about. Art can, and should, be fun - serious fun. So, if it's serious and fun who can possibly have a problem with that?

A few years ago, I built a cabin in the western North Carolina and after spending a couple summers there I noticed some unusual things: animals seemed to arrange themselves in groupings. I also became aware that my brain organized those random groups and they made sense to me: as though the animals had intent or purpose. The more I looked, the more sense my brain made of the groupings. One of the greatest gifts God has given me is the ability to be easily amazed. Without that, they would've simply been cows, horses and sheep on a mountainside. I realized our subconscious minds instinctively try to assign order, whether it actually exists or not, to randomness or chaos. This might go back to how our brains evolved. More...

Pandamonium
Pandamonium
Fern Hill
Fern Hill
Fern Hill detail
Fern Hill detail
Fern Hill detail
Fern Hill detail
Fern Hill detail
Fern Hill detail
15 Candles and the Eggman
15 Candles and the Eggman
Tassos
Tassos
June, Moon Spoon Cartoon -  with Bunnies
June, Moon, Spoon Cartoon - with Bunnies
Poor Bobo Was Completely Unprepared for the Holy Metallic Invasion
Poor Bobo Was Completely Unprepared for the Holy Metallic Invasion
And if...2
And if...#2
A Nod is as Good as a Wink to A Blind Horse
A Nod is as Good as a Wink
to A Blind Horse
The Canada Painting
The Canada Painting
What It Is
What It Is

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