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Karl Hughes is a contemporary figurative English painter & draughtsman. He graduated from De Montfort University in Design Management and has worked as a commercial illustrator (including clients such as Rolls Royce Plc), and a teacher before moving into the digital commerce industry in the late 1990's.  

Karl cites the intimism of  Vuillard and tonal qualities of Sickert as major influences on his approach.  The images he creates are purposely out-of-focus, blurred and employ ‘contre-jour’ effects that heighten their anonymity and ambiguity.  

In 2012 Karl won the Wirral Spring/Summer Open Exhibition and is an elected member of the Wirral Society of Arts.  Karl is also a member of the National Association of Acrylic Painters.

Karl's work has been purchased by the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum and is held in private collections in the UK, USA, Canada and France.



ThLAKE Gallery, Open Exhibition. West Kirby   []

01 DEC 2022  - 28 JAN 2023

Souvenirs from West Kirby & Heswall.  YOT, Heswall  [download PDF]

7 AUG - 30 SEP 2021

A Time to Reflect. Scenes from Lower Heswall in Quarantine.  YOT, Heswall  [download PDF]


15 SEP - 25 OCT - 2020

WSA 6th National Open Art Exhibition.  Williamson Art Gallery and Museum 

22 SEP  - 04 NOV - 2012

Art Merseywide: The Best of Merseyside Open Exhibitions, Liverpool Academy of Arts  

25 SEP - 1 NOV - 2012

Wirral Spring/Summer Open Exhibition,  Williamson Art Gallery and Museum     

30 JUN - 9 SEP - 2012


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