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BIO

 

Nicolas William Hughes (b.1984) Is a conceptual artist from South Wales. Hughes, has lived and worked in Norway for 5 years. His works aim to pose questions surrounding specific aspects found within humanity's relationship with non-human nature and what that potential relationship could be in the future. Frequently using absurdity as a artistic tool, which can mirror  the importance of topics which the works explore.

Artist Statement

 My practice explores the understanding of nature, and the connection between humans and nonhuman entities.  With my works I aim to explore underlying concerns that challenge our understanding of our place in the ‘natural world’.  I have become increasingly concerned with the changes of our planet due to a socio-political, economic and specifically anthropocentric standpoint. Recent inspiration on my practice has come from the theoretical contemporary redefining of such terms as Nature, Landscape, Environmentalism and Ecology. I have decided in recent years to engage my professional career towards developing works which form questions of social norms, common knowledge and unknowns with a focus on our connection/disconnection to, or our being a part of a much larger ecosystem.  I seek out connections or parallels between human society and non-human species and create art works that highlight these links, differences, or separations. My research is a tentative balance between varying disciplines, from contemporary politics, sciences, ecology, philosophy and contemporary theoretical theory. I often use humour as a tool which adds an element of openness to my work, my aim is that my art works are accessible to all, easily read but layered with underlying questions and queries. My practice to date has incorporated many mediums, my background is based in photography and video however my practice has diversified to focus on a more conceptual approach to artistic medium. As such Artworks I have created in recent times are not medium specific and instead the mediums used are dependent on the subject matter/s addressed. I have recently made works of installation, performance and works utilising new digital technologies of 3d scanning, printing and virtual reality.

I often work with large long-term research projects, creating works as a series under the umbrella of a specific topic of research, this has included projects such as Tweeter a two-year project exploring human’s connection to garden birds, I Have Never Given Landscape much Thought A long term project involving a myriad of works which explore contemporary notions of landscape as an artistic medium and most recently If a Tree Makes a Sound a two year project creating art works which explore notions of ownership over nature, non-human sentience and human centric ideals using trees both as a specific and metaphoric example with which to explore our contemporary relationship to nature or human connection to nature.

Education 

2016 - 2018

MFA, Art and Public Space, Kunsthøgskolen I Oslo

2009 - 2011

MA Contemporary Dialogues, Swansea Metropolitan University

2005 - 2008

BA(hons), Photographic Art, University of Wales, Newport

 2004 - 2005

Foundation/National Diploma Art and Design, Swansea Institute


Selected Exhibitions

November 2019    Hands Up!, Blunk, Trondheim

November 2019    Construction of a New Body, Kurant/Stakkevollan, Tromsø

 

June 2019               Sommer Utstilling, Østfold Kunstsenter, Fredrikstad

 

May 2019                 I Don’t Want to Be an Ant, Video screening, SALT, Oslo

 

May/June 2018       Traust, KHiO, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo

 

February 2018        Can’t See the Woods for the Trees/Made In Woods, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo

 

March 2017             Moan, group exhibition, KHiO, Oslo

 

March 2017             Hvem er redd for denne stor stygge, Video Screening, Kunstnerens Hus, Oslo

 

June 2014                Catherines tømmer Halden hjerte, Performance and public arts display, Tista river, Halden

 

May 2014                A Landscape of My Own Never Did Exist, Solo Exhibition, Galleri Wenda, Halden

 

February 2014       Mini Residency, Valand Accademy, Göteborg

 

February 2014       Bild Bild group exhibition, Rotor och Rotor2, Valand Accademy, Göteborg

 

September 2013   The Crossing Place of Road & River, Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys, Wales

 

January 2013         A Beautiful World, The Photographic Angle, London and various locations across UK

 

November 2012     100 years of photography at Newport, Group Show, Newport, Wales

 

September 2012    World Event Young Artists, Group Show/Arts Festival, Nottingham

 

July 2012                Being2, Group Exhibition, Queens Arcade, Cardiff

 

March 2012            The Script of the Stone and the Tongue of the Wave, AiR, Super Saurus Art space, Swansea,

 

September 2011     Tweeter, The ... Space, Mission Gallery, Swansea

 

May 2011                MA contemporary Dialogues, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea

 

May 2011                Vertical Cinema 6, Solo Presentation of the Tweeter Project, Gwdyhw, Cardiff

 

March 2011             Direct Action, Group Show, on•for•at video, institut für alles mögliche, Berlin

 

April 2011               The Birds in my Garden, Solo Exhibition, 8week Gallery, Old Motorcycle showroom, Bristol

 

April 2010               Chorus with the birds, Participatory project, In association with Bristol May Fest, Bristol


FUNDING / AWARDS

 

August 2018           Kulturrådet, diversestipend for nyutdannede kunstnere, Norway

 

June 2018                FKDS Stipend, Norway

 

March 2016            Halden Kommune Kulturmidler Grant, Norway

 

May 2015               Kulturrådet Prosjektstøtte visuell kunst Grant, Norway

 

March 2014           Halden Kommune Kulturmidler Grant, Norway

 

August 2013          Arts Council Wales, Small Project Grant

 

April 2013             Arts Council Wales, Research and Development Grant

 

March 2012          Arts Council Wales, Small Project Grant


CURATED EXHIBITIONS / EVENTS

 

September 2016, 4 Under 30, work of four young artists, Halden Kunstforrening, Halden, Norge

 

September 2015, I Want To Sing My Song, work by Kjell Cahmina, Wenda, Halden, Norge

 

June 2015, I Wish You Could Be Here To See Me Now, work by Inger Birgitte Richenberg, Wenda, Halden, Norge

 

May/June 2013, Heimer, Group Exhibition of four young female photographic artists from Norway ,The Cove, Swansea, UK

 

June 2010, Journey and Memory, Exhibition/Event, Curator Group Exhibition, Three Cliffs Gallery, Swansea, UK

 

December 2009, The Gower arts: Winter, Curator Group Exhibition, Three Cliffs Gallery, Swansea, UK

 

September 2009, The Gower Arts: Young Contemporaries, Curator Group Exhibition, Monkey bar/ gallery, Swansea, UK

 

June 2009, The Gower arts: Spring festival, Curator Group Exhibition, Three Cliffs Gallery, Swansea, UK

 

August 2008, The ʻParadiseʼ Project, Curator Group Exhibition, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, UK

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