Nicholas Hughes

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Nicholas Hughes nació en Liverpool en 1963 y estudió fotografía en el London College of Communication. Desde muy temprana edad, fue un ambientalista apasionado. Su comprensión de cómo el mundo natural ha sufrido para el provecho del beneficio corporativo lo llevó a recaudar fondos para un grupo de defensa del medio ambiente.

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Al mismo tiempo, Hughes fue tomando cada vez más consciencia de la fragilidad y la belleza de la naturaleza, y comenzó a estudiar el pasiaje de su alrededor. Inspirado por escritores reflexivos y con conciencia social como Thoreau y Seamus Heaney, y profundamente influenciado por los efectos del desastre de Chernobyl en North Wales, Hughes se dedicó a la tarea de abordar la relación cada vez más problemática de la humanidad con la naturaleza – evitando caer en la documentación polémica y tópica en un mundo ya supersaturado con imágenes de destrucción y decadencia.

El trabajo de Hughes expresa temas románticos universales y una sensibilidad ambiental contemporánea. Sus preocupaciones se encuentran en el espacio entre el mundo que las personas habitan y el mundo que la naturaleza todavía reclama como propio, como en una especie de resurrección del asombro humano ante la naturaleza. Martin Barnes, curador principal del Victoria and Albert Museum, observa que la reciente serie de Hughes, “Aspects Of Cosmological Indifference”, combina lo etéreo con lo ecológico, y lo terrenal con lo épico. Las enormes distancias entre el ser humano y el cosmos se colapsan, y en la inercia del espacio, la luz y el color cobran vida, produciendo una serie de retratos celestes en los que el mismo cielo muestra una cara diferente cada vez. “Las imágenes son desoladas, casi sombrías, pero parece que hay una calma al respecto”, escribió Sarah Nardi de la serie inicial de Hughes, “Edge”. “Parecen asegurarnos que la existencia de la vida o la falta de ella es intrascendente para el universo.”

El trabajo de Hughes se ha mostrado en más de setenta exposiciones colectivas e individuales en todo el mundo, así como en las principales ferias internacionales de arte en París, Londres, Los Ángeles y Nueva York. Sus fotografías se pueden encontrar en las colecciones del Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Gana Art Center, Seúl, Corea del Sur; Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall, Inglaterra; y el Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres, Inglaterra, que seleccionó su trabajo para aparecer en una exposición itinerante en la India en 2010. Su trabajo ha aparecido en numerosos periódicos y revistas, como Exit Imagen y Cultura -Paisajes Silenciosos, Next Level, Hotshoe International, The Photographer y el British Journal of Photography, y se incluyó en la publicación “Photography and the Art of Chance” de Harvard University Press en 2015, así como en la publicación de 2018 “Metamodernism. Historicity, Affect and Depth after Postmodernism”.

Hughes publicó su primer libro de edición limitada, “Aspects of Cosmological Indifference”, en 2013, y su primera monografía principal titulada “Nowhere Far” fue publicada por GOST (Londres) en diciembre de 2017 y se encuentra en las colecciones de libros del Tate Gallery y la Biblioteca Nacional de Arte en el Victoria and Albert Museum (Londres).

Exposiciones individuales (excepto indicación)

2015 Nowhere Far, The Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York

2015 Wonder|Current, Canal Gallery, London, (exposición de dos artistas)

2013 Aspects of Cosmological Indifference, the Photographers’ Gallery, London

2010 Nicholas Hughes – Contemplating Landscape, Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York City

2009 Field, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

2008 In Darkness Visible Verse I and II, (exposición de dos artistas), The Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, North Wales

2007 In Darkness Visible Verses I & II, the Photographers’ Gallery,
London,

2006 Passages of Time – Light, From and Reflection, (exposición de tres artistas) Houston Fotofest, Houston

2005 Edge Verse II, The Photographers Gallery, London

2003 Immaterial – Gallery 1885, London

2001 Platform for Art, (London Underground), London

2001 Secondary Visions, Karoo Gallery, London

2000 Celestial Visitations, Gallery 1885, London

EXPOSICIONES COLECTIVAS SELECCIONADAS

Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York City May 15th- July 12th, 2019

Nocturne, Dellasposa Gallery, London, May 8- 31st, 2019 (exposición de tres artistas)

Photo London, Nailya Alexander Gallery, May 16th-20th 2018

Featured Artist, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Jan – Feb 2018

Limelight, Falmouth Art Gallery, Dec 2017

Capturing The Light, Imperial College Healthcare Charity Art Collection, Art In Focus, London, Nov 2016 – May 2017

When Frost Was Spectre-Grey, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Nov 18th – Jan 15th 2017

Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, The Photographers’ Gallery, 23 – 25th Sept 2016

Primary Forces, Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York City, June 2nd – July 22nd 2016

Prints and Drawings, Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives, Dec 12th – Jan 6th 2016

Miami Project, Nailya Alexander Gallery, Miami, Dec 1st – 6th 2015

Winter Tales, Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York City, Nov 17th – Dec 22nd 2015

AIPAD NYC, Photography Show, Park Avenue Armory, with Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, March 2015

‘Making Time – New Photographic Constructions’, Penwith Society Gallery, St. Ives, Oct – Nov 2014

‘(Un)real’: Abstraction and Construction in Contemporary Photography, curated by Laura Culpan, Maddox Arts, London, Sept –Oct 2014

‘Didn’t we have a lovely time’, The Photographers Gallery, London, July – Aug 2014

Ulsan International Photography Festival, South Korea, June 2013

‘The Landscaper’, Galerie Sophie Maree, The Hague, July -Aug 2012

Summer of Photography, Recyclart, Brussels, July 2012

Kunstrai, Amsterdam, Gallerie Sophie Maree, June 2012

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

Arles Contemporary, Galerie Huit, France, March 2012.

Transience. Galerie Huit, China House, Penang, Malaysia in Jan 2012 and Arles, France July – Sept 2011

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

Lyon Biennale, France (With the School Gallery, Paris) 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’, Paris Photo, Le Carrousel Du Louvre, with the Photographers’ Gallery, Nov 2007.

‘Lightworks’, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin,
Curated by Eilis Lavelle, April – 2007

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

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

‘Tower Block Rock’- Conningsby Gallery, London 2000

‘View From The City’-Royal Mint, London 2000

‘Into The Light’- SE1 Gallery, London 1999

Feature Shoot ‘15 Years of Haunting Landscape Photos’, by Ellyn Kail, April 2018.

‘Metamodernism: Historicity, Affect, and Depth after Postmodernism.’ Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker. Notes on Performatist Photography: Experiencing Beauty and Transcendence after Postmodernism, essay by Dr. Raoul Eshelman, Feb 2018

GUP Magazine Review by Katherine Oktober Mathews, Jan 2018

Elephant, Sunday Read by Rosalind Duguid, Jan 2018

The Guardian, ‘Nicholas Hughes’s Ethereal Landscapes – in Pictures,’ Dec 2017

‘Nowhere Far’, (Monograph) GOST (London), with texts by Brett Rogers, Martin Barnes and Jay Griffiths, Dec 2017

Elementum, Edition three, ‘Leaf Talk, Converations with the Green man, text by Alex Woodcock, Autumn 2017

Pf ‘Nicholas Hughes Minimalistische Romantiek’, essay by Pieter van Leeuwen (In Dutch).

Superstition Review, Issue 17, May 2016

La Photographie de Paysages, Nicolas Savine Oct 2015

Aperture Photography App, Issue 7, May 2015

Art Daily, May 2015

‘Photography and the Art of Chance’, Harvard University Press, by Robin Kelsey, (Burden professor of Photography), Spring 2015

‘There’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight’, in collaboration with David Sylvian, Franz Wright and Chritian Fennesz, Samadhisound 2014

‘ Making Time – New Photographic Constructions’, Penwith Society Gallery, St. Ives (Catalogue) Oct 2014

The Guardian, Art & Design, The Best of the British Seaside in pictures, July 2014.

‘Troubled Landscapes’ – Photographies, Published by Routledge, Edited by Liz Wells and Deborah Bright including photographic essay and text by Nicholas Hughes, Oct 2013

‘Looking Back’ – Exit #51, Madrid (Spanish/English), Sept 2013

‘Stillness in Movement’, Ulsan International Photography Festival, South Korea, (Catalogue) 2013

‘Aspects of Cosmological Indifference’ – Monograph, published 2013

Essay by Martin Barnes for Photomonitor, October 2012.

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

Galerie Huit, Arles, ‘Transience’ (Book Catalogue), October 2012

Landscape Stories 7 ‘The Trees’ March 2012
‘20 Now, Contemporary Photographers’, book publication by Cite Group, Taiwan, Authors Nagasaki Shaw and Summer Hung for distribution in Taiwan,
Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong (Dec 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.

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

Hotshoe International – August/Sept 2007 with an essay by Bill Kouwenhoven ‘The Luminous Darkness of Nicholas Hughes.’

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.’

The Earth/Artists Responding to Violence – Houston Fotofest – March 2006
with an essay by the author ‘Edge.’

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Imperial College Healthcare Charity, London
The Gana Art Gallery, Seoul
Masters of Photography, Falmouth Art Gallery

Su obra se encuentra presente en colecciones privadas en Europa, Norte América, Asia y Australia.