Martha Hughes

According to Marfa Texas artist, Martha Hughes, "Paintings in my Scenes series are of everyday, familiar scenes, but with odd colors and unusual perspectives that are strangely unsettling. This series is influenced by my interest in the work of children, the insane, and other outsider artists."

Martha Hughes received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions across the US.


Martha  Hughes

Martha Hughes

Martha Hughes Description

Martha Hughes lives and works in Marfa, Texas. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Texas, Austin. Inspired by the artwork of children and outsider artists, Hughes paints grid-based scenes using reductive, geometric blocks of color. She frequently depicts unsettling or impossible spaces.
 
According to Hughes, “Paintings in the Scenes series are of everyday, prosaic interiors and landscapes, with ambiguous, vertiginous spaces that reflect my sense of never being quite at home in the world. The look of this series was initially partly influenced by children’s tempera paintings – colorful, flat and simple.  I often find inspiration from glossy interior design and architecture magazines, with their carefully staged photographs of impossibly pristine, beautiful houses, gardens, and pools.”
 
She has been exhibiting her artwork since 1987 throughout the US including a recent exhibit group show in Santa Fe featuring her work alongside, Chuck Close, Agnes Martin, and Sol LeWitt.   Her work is in private collections throughout the US.
 

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