Art Prints

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Logs, Ladysmith Harbour Image size: 14.5" x 19.5"
Logs, Ladysmith Harbour
Image size: 14.5″ x 19.5″ – $30.00




Tugs in Ladysmith Harbour
Tugs in Ladysmith Harbour
Image size: 15.5″ x 19″ – $30.00
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Comox Valley
Comox Valley
Image size: 17.5″ x 16″ – $30.00




Edge of the Wood, Gabriola IslandImage size: 16.5" x 12.75"
Edge of the Wood, Gabriola Island
Image size: 16.5″ x 12.75″ – $30.00




The Coastal Steamer Princess Mary
The Coastal Steamer Princess Mary
Image size: 19.5″ x 12.5″ – $30.00








Steamer at the Old Wharf Nanaimo
Steamer at the Old Wharf, Nanaimo
Image size: 17″ x 23″ – $30.00





Looking West Over Quamichan Lake
Looking West over Quamichan Lake
Image size 9.75″ x 11.75″ – $16.00




 

“In Looking West over Quamichan Lake, Hughes employed foreground elements, the foliage at the upper right, and the fence and grasses (with one flowering plant) at the bottom, to establish a visual immediacy, but his real challenge was to make the extensive middle ground interesting.The lake itself is in the distance and the “subject” of the work is the play of light on the fields.

The almost obsessive attention to detail is visible in the brushstrokes that represent grasses and other plants. The broad expanse, which reads horizontally, is balanced by the more distant striped field, which reads vertically. This is a superb example of Hughes seeing visual interest where most of us would see nothing of merit.The fact that he concentrates our attention on the field of grass rather than the more picturesque elements of the composition reveals his ongoing interest in challenging his own and the viewer’s perceptions of beauty in the world.

Hughes produced many watercolours throughout the 1990s, and continues to do so. Most are superb reworkings of earlier subject matter.”

The gate in the foreground is on Maple Bay Road. In the background is Mt. Prevost which dominates the Cowichan valley near Duncan on Vancouver Island.

arbutus tree
An Arbutus Tree at Crofton Beach
Image size 15″ x 20″ – $30.00





 

By 1973 Hughes had come to terms with the ugly new ferries plying the coastal waters between Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the mainland, as indicated by An Arbutus Tree at Crofton Beach 1973. It is a work that allowed Hughes to explore varieties of texture and shape in a satisfying and felicitous manner. The forceful vector of the raft that has been swept onto the beach balances the equally forceful diagonal of the arbutus tree.

The smooth bark of the arbutus trunks contrasts with the texture of the barnacle-encrusted raft and the rocks.Hughes also played with the fall of light, casting heavy and space-defining shadows on the tree trunk but fewer shadows on the ground below. He carefully worked out the composition to emphasize the recession into space, even eliminating a boat that was at the left in the original drawing.

Finally the painting is a close study of tone and colour: there must be at least ten shades opf blue and an equally subtle range of greys, from blue-grey to grey-black and purple-grey. The work has an almost palpable sense of reality, but the fact that it “feels real is entirely due to Hughes’ art.”This ferry is approaching Crofton on Vancouver Island.

It has come from Vesuvius, a village on Saltspring Island which can be seen behind the ferry. In the distance can be seen the coastal mountains, including the twin peaked Lions, of the mainland.

Beside the Koksilah river Beside the Koksilah River
Image size 9″ x 12″ – $16.00





Beach at Cherry Point
The Beach at Cherry Point
Image size 9″ x 12″ – $16.00





“…in the early 1970s Hughes was consciously trying to lighten his palette. The paintings from that time often have a luminosity that is quite compelling.The Beach at Cherry Point is a fine example of the beginning of this tendency in his work.The sweeping line of the beach recalls the dramatic bow shape of Qualicum Beach (1948), but here the sweep of the bay is much more naturalistic.The light expanse of the water and beach are balanced against the dark strip of the trees. The cloud-filled sky gives the silhouetted trees a three-dimensional quality and sense of volume.”

Public Wharf Cowichan Bay
The Public Wharf, Cowichan Bay
Image size 9″ x 12″ – $16.00





 

The Public Wharf, Cowichan Bay is a handsome watercolour that Hughes divided into three zones: the foreground contained within the wharf, the water in the middle ground, and the mountains and sky in the background.The detail of the boats is rich, and the use of colour is varied and lively.

The water surface in the sheltered area behind the wharf is quite distinct from the open water beyond. Particularly satisfying are the reflections of the boats, among the most accomplished in his watercolours.The composition is given visual order by the repeated patterns of the dock pilings in both the foreground and middle ground, and the balance between the verticals of the boat masts and the strong horizontal elements such as the log boom, reinforces this order.

Finally the work is animated by an even, bright light, and by the suggestion of a slight breeze in the whitecaps on the water.

Davis Lagoon Bridge, Saltair
The Davis Lagoon Bridge, Saltair
Image size 9″ x 12″ – $16.00





 

Davis Lagoon Bridge, Saltair B.C. is a very different painting. The realities of modern life intrude into the work dramatically, the composition relying on the strong power lines and the sinuous curve of the roadway, the centre line in particular.Hughes accomplishes the recession into space brilliantly through the diminution of the power poles and the artificial, but effective, on the painted line on the road.

The scene has the appearance of being a snapshot, but it is, as with all his work, very carefully composed. The dynamism introduced through the strong linear elements makes the painting a somewhat unusual one for him.

Bamberton beach
Bamberton Beach
Image size 9.5″ x 11.5″, $16.00, Paper size including text 11″ x 17″