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Nicholas Hughes United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom
  • London College of Communication (University of the Arts)
    Lancaster University
  • The Photographers' Gallery, London.
    The Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York
Photographer Nicholas Hughes gives us richly detailed, dark and moody images of nature, as seen by a modern urban-dweller in the UK.
About Nicholas Hughes

Nicholas Hughes was born in Liverpool 1963. Although beginning to make photographs in his youth, it was not until completing a formal photographic education through a Master of Arts degree at the London College of Communication in 2002, preceded by a first class Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998 that he realised his vocation as a photographic artist.

Hughes became interested in environmentalism at an early age and seeing how the natural world suffered at the expense of corporate profit led him into fundraising for an environmental pressure group. Increasing awareness of the fragility and preciousness of nature drew him to the landscape. His work has gained increasing international recognition through recent selection for solo shows at the Photographers’ Gallery in London (2007, 2009 and 2013), at the Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, in 2010 and as an exhibitor at 'Earth' The Houston Biennial Fotofest in 2006 as well as in ‘Landscape,’ the 5th International Photo Festival in Seoul (South Korea) 2005. His work is included in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and was a part of 'The Histories of Photography' exhibition in London from 2009–10 as well as the contemporary selection for the tour of India 'Something that I’ll Never Really See' from 2010–11. His work has also been seen at the world’s major photographic art fairs in Los Angeles, New York and Paris.

The work seemingly dependent upon a transient lifestyle alludes to universal Romantic themes, allied to an environmental sensibility. Each seeks to illustrate the frail residue of the contemporary wilderness through reduced visions of the sublime within localised nature. Examination is given to the space between the world that people inhabit and that which nature still claims as its own. The current series 'Aspects of Cosmological Indifference' is a post apocalyptic allegory of nature’s renewal regardless of human folly.

Hughes is a UK based artist who works mainly within his immediate location whether that be - central London, Cornwall, the British coastline, Switzerland or Germany. He has recently (2013) published his first monograph and has work featured in numerous publications, including Next Level, Exit, Hotshoe International, The Photographer and the British Journal of Photography, and is held in a variety of photographic collections worldwide including public selections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) and the Gana Art Center (Seoul).

Exhibitions and Events (followed by Publications)

Ulsan International Photography Festival, South Korea, June 2013

'Aspects of Cosmological Indifference', The Photographers’ Gallery, London (Solo show), Feb - March 2013.

Raw Art Fair, Galerie Sophie Maree, Rotterdam, Feb 2013

Classic Photographs, Nailya Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, Jan 2013

'The Landscaper', Galerie Sophie Maree, The Hague, July -Aug 2012

Summer of Photography, Recyclart, Brussels, July 2012

Kunstrai, Amsterdam, May 2012

ArtAntique, Galerie Sophie Maree, Utrecht, April 2012

'Arles Contemporary', Galerie Huit, Arles, March 2012

AIPAD, NYC Photography Show, Park Avenue Armory, with Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, March 2012.

'Transience' - Galerie Huit, Arles, France July - Sept 2011
China House, Penang, Malaysia, Jan - Feb 2012.

'Something That I’ll Never Really See', Contemporary Photography from the V&A -
Salur Jung Museum, Hyderabad, April - May 2011
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, March - April 2011
The National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore in association with the British Council, January – February 2011
Bhau Dhaji Lad Museum, Mumbai Nov 2010 – Jan 2011,

AIPAD NYC, Photography Show, Park Avenue Armory, with Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, March 2011.

'Masters of Photography', Falmouth Art Gallery, Feb - April 2011

'Contemplating Landscape' - Solo Exhibition at the Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, Sept – Oct 2010.

F/Stop - 4th International Festival of Photography - In Seclusion (Invited Artist), Leipzig, Sept – Oct 2010.

Collectors’ Favorites - Duncan Miller Gallery in conjunction with the Photographic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, August 2010.

'A History Of Photography' - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, April 2009 - May 2010.

AIPAD, NYC Photography Show, Park Avenue Armory, with Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, March 2010.

London Art Fair, Jan 2010

'Field', Featured Artist at the Photographers’ Gallery, (London) Solo show. Nov 2009 – Jan 2010
Lyon Biennale, France (With the School Gallery) September 2009
White Else? At the School Gallery, Paris, May 12 - July 12, 2009.

AIPAD, NYC Photography Show, Park Avenue Armory, with Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, March 2009.

British Landscape Photography - The Photographers' Gallery at Liberty (London), Feb - March 2009.

'In Darkness Visible Verse I' at Photo LA - with the Nailya Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, January 2009.

Now and New - International group show at Gana Art Gallery, Busan, South Korea August 2008.

'The Visual Path' at the Nailya Alexander Gallery - New York, June - August 2008.
‘In Darkness Visible Verse I’ and ‘Edge Verse II’ at AIPAD – New York with the Nailya Alexander Gallery, April 2008.
‘In Darkness Visible Verse I and II’, The Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, North Wales, Jan – Feb 2008
‘In Darkness Visible Verse I’, Paris Photo, Le Carrousel Du Louvre, with the Photographers' Gallery, Nov 2007.
‘In Darkness Visible Verses I & II’, Featured Artist at the Photographers’ Gallery, London (Solo) Sept – Nov 2007.
‘Lightworks’, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Curated by Eilis Lavelle, April - 2007
‘Passages of Time – Light, Form and Reflection’, 'Edge' (Solo) Houston Fotofest, USA, March –April 2006 Curated by Wendy Waitriss
‘Edge Verse II’, The Photographers Gallery, London, Dec 2005 – Feb 2006
Paris Photo, Le Carrousel Du Louvre, Paris, Nov 2005
‘Landscape Views & Visions’, the 5th International Photo Festival, Gana Art Centre, Seoul, Korea Sept 2005
Summer Show, Photographers Gallery Print Room, London Aug 2004
Jerwood Commission / Wapping project - London, Leeds Design Museum, the Jerwood Space, London. (2003 -2004)
‘Souvenir’, Transition, London Nov 2003
‘Immaterial’ Gallery 1885 London (Solo) London Oct 2003
Association of Photographers, Open London Aug 2003
Fresh Art, London July 2003
‘Sense and Sensibility’ Transition London May 2003
‘Attentive’ Lounge London May2003
‘Take’ Back Hill Gallery London Nov 2002
‘Interim’ Mirror Gallery London Feb 2002
‘Platform for art’ (London Underground) (Solo) Sept-Oct 2001
‘Secondary Visions’-Karoo Gallery, London (solo) Sept-Oct 2001
‘Tower Block Rock’- Conningsby Gallery, London 2000
‘View From The City’-Royal Mint, London 2000
‘Celestial Visitations’-Gallery 1885, London (solo) 2000
‘Into The Light’- SE1 Gallery, London 1999
Suzanne Ruggles Gallery, London 1998
‘Earthworks’- Chelsea Rooftop Gallery, London 1998
Rebecca Hossock Gallery, Degree Show, London 1998
Student Portrait photographer awards (winner) N.E.C. Birmingham 1998
Counter Image group show, Manchester 1997.

Publications (Selected)

'Aspects of Cosmological Indifference' - Monograph, self published 2013

Photomonitor, Essay by Martin Barnes, Senior Curator, Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (October 2012)

Landscape Stories, Interview (Italian/English), July 2012

Galerie Huit, Arles, 'Transience' (Book Catalogue), 2012

Landscape Stories 7 ‘The Trees’ March 2012

'20 Now: Contemporary Photographers', (Chinese/English) Book publication by Cite Group, Taiwan, Authors Nagasaki Shaw and Summer Hung for distribution in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong (Oct 2011)

‘Holy Wood’, In Defence of the Tree, book publication by Cantz in association with the Berlin Biennale. Feb 2011.

The New Yorker, Review of New York exhibition, Oct 2010.

Im Verborgenen (In the Hidden), German/English, F/Stop Catalogue, Oct 2010.

Die Nacht, (German/English) Feature and Interview with Franziska Spindler, Oct 2010.

Exit #38 Silent Landscapes, Editorial by Rosa Olivares, (Spanish/English) Paradise was here Nearby, May 2010

The Post-Postmodernism Issue (Adbusters), Text by Sarah Nardi, March 2010

Ag Photographic – Feb 2010, text by Nicholas Hughes.

Sunday Times Style Magazine, Dec 2009

The British Library (Sound Archive) - Recording of talk given at the Photographers' Gallery, Nov 2009.
Dpi Magazine, Taiwan, (Chinese/English) November 2009 (Feature and Interview) Download PDF
Photography for a Greener Planet - Review by Andrea Bakacs, Sept 2009

Liv Raison 2009 Open Landscapes, Closed Rooms
Next level (Symbolism) – March 2008 ‘In Darkness Visible Verse I’ with an essay by Laura Noble
Lens Culture – Nov 2007, feature ‘In Darkness Visible’ - text by Jim Casper/Nicholas Hughes
Financial Times – Oct 2007, Exhibition Review for ‘In Darkness Visible’ – ‘Images from the Hidden World’ by Claire Holland
Royal photographic Society – Nov 2007
Ag photographic – Nov 2007
Interface Artist News – Oct 2007 ‘In Darkness Visible’ – Exhibition Review by Anna Hales
Hotshoe International – August/Sept 2007 with an essay by Bill Kouwenhoven ‘The Luminous Darkness of Nicholas Hughes.’
‘Lightworks’ reviewed by Anna Hales for Artist’s News – April 2007
Next Level May 2006 with an essay by David Low ‘Of Old Time and of New Eternity.’
Crude Metaphors/Hotshoe May 2006 with an essay by Angus Carlyle ‘Our Memories of Snow.’
Baroque – Garageland – May 2006
The Earth/Artists Responding to Violence – Houston Fotofest – March 2006 with an essay by the author ‘Edge.’
Hotshoe International - Feb 2006, Exhibition review by Melissa De Witt
Great 63 (The Photographers’ Gallery) - Dec 2005
Landscape Views and Visions (Gana Art Centre, Seoul) - Oct 2005
If - Next Level - May 2005 published with text by Pierre Miller ‘Echo.’
British Journal of Photography - Nov 2003
Tank - Sept 2003
Attentive – May 2003
Sunday Times - Oct 2002
British Journal of photography - Oct 2001 Review of ‘Secondary Visions’ by Sean Louth
Photo Art International - Sept 2000
Focus - Dec1999
Photographic Arts - Sept 1999
Creative Forum - Sept 1999
The Photographer - June 1999
Ministry of Culture - April 1999

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