Russell Hughes’ work explores issues by examining spaces for their physical, mathematical, experienced and contextual qualities.
Hughes’ ideas are visualised and communicated through printmaking and using ready-made objects and architectural materials, providing visual and physical connections between the work and the space. His work is strongly influenced by the patterns identified through observation and in data collection and analysis.
Recent projects have included works based on observation and exploration of historical spaces; mapping changing access to urban public spaces during large events; and reconstructing domestic spaces using measurement and reflective writing.
Hughes’ current work explores spatial connections between our daily lives and global issues. Local, familiar spaces such as road systems, petrol stations and car showrooms are intrinsic parts of daily life but also strong signifiers of fossil fuel use and climate change.
Hughes graduated from Leeds Arts University in 2018 with an MA in Creative Practice. He has exhibited in University and independent exhibitions.
2020 – Oct-Nov – SCAF Emerging Artist Award (Finalist)
2020 – Sept-Nov – Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds
2018 – Postgraduate Show (Colours May Vary, Leeds)
2018 – Degrees North (RK Burt Gallery, London)
2018 – KPP Architecture Exhibition (Sunny Bank Mills, awarded Runners Up Prize)
2018 – Prize Exhibition, Left Bank Leeds
2017 – Is this OK? (Wharf Chambers, Leeds)
2017 – Strangers/Stranieri (Leeds Arts Uni)
2016 – Access Show (York College)
2016-18, MA (Creative Practice), Leeds Arts University