Ian Hughes - Scottish artist


Photo of Ian working


1958 Born in Glasgow
1976-80 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, D.A. (Painting). Two men at a table
1978 Duncan of Drumfork Travelling Scholarship
1979 SED Major Travelling Scholarship
1980 Ian Eadie Major Purchase Prize
1980 Greenshields Award
1986 Scottish Arts Council Award
1988 Artist in Residence, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
1991 Artist in Residence, Royal Edinburgh Hospital
1993 Guthrie Award, Royal Scottish Academy
1994 Visiting artist in Residence, Lublin, Poland
1994 Invited artist producing artwork for Peter Gabriel's 'Us' album. Produced cover art work for single Steam
1995 Invited artist producing artwork for Wet Wet Wet's 'Picture This' Album
1996 Commissioned portrait for The Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
1999 Organised and curated Exhibition and Auction for Kosovo relief Fund (included artists Peter Howson, Ken Currie, Peter Gabriel, Ian Hughes and John Bellany), Nick Nairn's Restaurant, Charing Cross, Glasgow
1999 Scotland's Art, Edinburgh City Art Centre
2000 Expressions; Scottish Art 1976-1989, McManus Galleries, Dundee
2000 Times Literary Supplement calendar
2001 Visiting artist in Residence, Starachechezk, Russia
2002 Visiting artist in residence, Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia
2002 Completed portrait commission of Nick Nairn for Scottish National Portrait Gallery
2014 Died in Edinburgh. Obituaries: Clare Henry, The Herald, Giles Sutherland, The Scotsman

Selected One-Man Exhibitions

1985 The Anatomy Lesson, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh
1986 The Ship of Fools, RAAB Gallery, London
1986 The Human Touch, Fischer Fine art London: Curated by Mary Rose Beaumont
1987 New Works, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art
1988 New Works, RAAB Galerie, Berlin
1991 Jewish portraits, Musee Nadwislanski, Poland
1994 The Drowned and the Saved, RAAB Gallery London and Berlin
1994 Selected Portraits, Corr Contemporary Art, London
1995 The 'Peoples Choice', Derry Museum, Northern Ireland and tour. (Associated TV documentary).
1995 The Passion of Christ, Musee D'Art Contemporain, Dunkirk, France and world tour
1997 And Quiet Flows the Don, Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia
1997 Useless Mouths; images from the Holocaust, Corr Contemporary Art, London
1998 Portraits of the Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, Corr Contemporary Art, London
1999 If This be a Man, Musee Nadwislanski, Poland
2002 Smoke, Candles and Mirrors: Russian Portraits, Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia
2003 The Colour of the Stain, Galeria D'Art Sebastia Jane, Barcelona
2005 The Apostles: Testaments Betrayed, Phoenix 369 Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 Songs cut short: Kmpik Art Gallery, Lublin, Poland
2006 The World’s History is the World’s Judgement: Polskich artystow,Kazimeirez-Dolny, Poland and Taganrog Art Gallery, Russia
2007 Mengele’s Ghosts: M-Gallery, Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia, Plastykow Gallery, Poland and Novocherkassk Gallery of Fine Arts, Russia
2008 Buried Journals – Silenced Voices: Sztuka, Pienkno Inie Tylko, Poland and Taganrog Art Gallery, Russia
2009 The Long Journey Back: Miko Art Gallery, Lublin, Poland and Rostov-on-the-Don Museum of Fine Arts, Russia and Galeria Zwaazku, Poland
2010 Relocation to the East and other Artworks: Polskich artystow, Kazimieriez-Donly, Poland and Rostov-on-the-Don Museum of Fine Arts, Russia
2014 Unearthed Tongues Set Free: Summerhall, Edinburgh

Selected Group Exhibitions

1986 Artists at Work, Edinburgh Festival Official Exhibition
1986 Scottish Painting, Perth Museum and Art Gallery
1986 International Contemporary Art Fair, London
1986 Inverclyde Biennial, MacLean Art Gallery & Museum, Greenock
1987 The Vigorous Imagination, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art & tour
1987 Festival Folio, Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop
1987 Obsessions, RAAB Gallery, London
1988 Continuing The Tradition, 20th Century Scottish Art, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh and Warwick Arts Centre, London
1988 Open Exhibition, The Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh
1988 The Lion Rampant, Artspace Galleries, San Francisco
1989 Citac, Pasquelle Lucas Galerie, Valencia & tour
1989 Turning the Century; The New Scottish Painting, a survey of contemporary Scottish Art, RAAB Galleries, London, Berlin and Gian Ferrari Arte Contempoanea, Milan
1990 Glasgow's Great British Art Exhibition, Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, Glasgow
1990 Scottish Painting, The Sylvia Stevenson Collection, Warwick Arts trust, London
1990 Painting the Forth Bridge, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh
1990 The Cityscape and the Landscape, RAAB Boukamel Gallery, London
1991 Rimbaud - The Poet in Print, Plymouth Arts Centre
1991 Metropolis, RAAB Boukamel Gallery, London and Berlin
1991 The Passion of Christ, Musee D'Art Contemporain, Dunkirk and Rome
1991 Scottish Art since 1900, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art and Barbican Centre, London
1992 Metamorphosis, RAAB Boukamel Gallery, London
1992 Decade Show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, City Museum and art Galleries, Dundee
1992 Four European Artists, Fetting, Chia, Hughes and Haditki, RAAB Galerie, Berlin
1993 European Faces, Pasquelle Lucas Gallery, Spain
1993 Europa a La Recercha D'Una Identitat, Barcelona, Spain
1993 Explora: Peter Gabriel's Secret World
1993 Scottish Painters, Flowers East, London
1994 US: Peter Gabriel Art Works Tour, London Business Centre, Landmark Tower, Yokohama, Japan
1995 Quinta Biennial D'Art sacra, San Gabriel, Italy
1995 'Picture This', Wet Wet Wet inaugural Exhibition, Glasgow City Chambers and World Tour
1995 The Borrowed image: Contemporary Art and Appropriation. City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, Sunderland Museum, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Wales and Derry Museum, Northern Ireland. (included TV documentary).
1995 Artists in Residence, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh and tour
1998 London Art Fair, Business Design Centre
1998 Ghost Portraits, Rheinhallen Der Koln Museum
1999 We are making a new century, Musee Nadwislanski, Poland
1999 Internal Affairs: Beatrixziekenhuis, Gorinxchem
1999 The Vigorous Imagination; Ten Years On, The Scottish Gallery
2001 Voices from beyond the Pale, Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia
2002 The Jewry of Poland, Musee Nadwislanski, Poland
2004 Symbols: M-Gallery, Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia
2006 A History of European Painting: Galeria Zwaaska, Poland
2008 Voices: Plastykow Gallery, Poland
2009 New European Art, M-Gallery, Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia
2010 Light Is Only Precious During Dark Intervals: Galeria, Poland

Public Collections

  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
  • The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • The City Arts Centre, Edinburgh
  • Rowett Research Centre, Aberdeen
  • The Talbot Rice Arts Centre
  • BBC Studios, Glasgow
  • The Precious Collection, Wet Wet Wet
  • Whitworth Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester
  • Contemporary Arts Centre, Tate Gallery, London
  • The ‘US’ Collection, Peter Gabriel’s Real World
  • The Cole Porter Museum, USA
  • Artspace Gallery, San Francisco
  • Musee D’Art Contemporain, France
  • Musee Nadwislanski, Poland
  • Musee Rostov-on-the-don, Russia
  • Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
  • Rowett Research Centre
  • Flemings Collection, London
  • Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow
  • The Scottish Arts Council
  • Standard Life Investments
  • Coutts and Co
  • Shell Investments
  • St John’s Church, Edinburgh

Private Collections


  • Peter Gabriel (Musician)
  • Sean Connery (Actor)
  • Graham Crowden (Actor)
  • Robert McClennen (MP)
  • Jimmy Boyle (Writer)
  • Bob Geldof (Musician)
  • Madonna (Musician)
  • Nick Nairn (Chef)
  • Prof. Phil James
  • Dr John Munro OBE
  • Mary Rose Beaumont (Art Critic)
  • Peter Howson (Artist)
  • Lord Archer (MP and Writer)
  • Marti Pellow (Musician)
  • George Rendall
  • Appeared in numerous newspaper pieces and art magazine articles. Various appearances on television, including BBC Newsnight, Edinburgh Festival, Radio 4 and two documentaries: STV - Talking Pictures with Ian Hughes and STV - N.B.

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