Born in Bangor, North Wales in 1970, Darren Hughes is one of the rising stars of Welsh painting. Following a series of increasingly successful exhibitions, the late Sir Kyffin Williams invited Darren to exhibit alongside him at Sir Kyffin’s last London show. Needless to say, the exhibition was a huge success and Darren sold every picture. This was followed by sell-out shows with Martin Tinney Gallery Cardiff in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Darren says of his work: “My images are based upon the landscape in and around my home; they contain and reflect upon fragmentary moments experienced while in that landscape and my aim is to capture and recreate the poignancy of those moments; to make them permanent and somehow make sense of their significance”.
Sir Kyffin Williams paid tribute:
‘The work of Darren is different to that of most of his contemporaries in that he appears, truly, to love what he paints. He loves the landscape around his home; he loves the houses, the mountains, the gates and the stone walls and slate fences. Consequently he is able to communicate that love to others. He also happens to be a very talented artist, of whom we must be proud’
Collections and Awards
2002 Regional Prize winner, ‘The Discerning Eye’, Mall Galleries, London,
2001 Young Welsh Artist of the Year - Young Wales 5, Royal Cambrian Academy
2001 The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.