The EJ Hughes Show

Three Tugs in Nanaimo Harbour (1952)

Three Tugs in Nanaimo Harbour (1952)

The Nanaimo Art Gallery is presenting the exhibition E.J. Hughes – The Man and his Art from May 15 to June 7, 2009. This major art show will feature the work of renowned Canadian painter E.J. Hughes. Approximately 50 pieces of Hughes’ work spanning a broad period of his working career will be on display. Most of the art work will be from private collections and not normally available for public viewing.

E.J. Hughes spent most of his life painting the landscape of Vancouver Island. Inspired by the beauty of the natural surroundings, he produced his own unique style that depicted the coastal environment. His most famous painting, Fishboats, River Inlet (1946) sold in 2004 for nearly one million dollars – the highest price ever paid for a work of a living Canadian artist. The recipient of many awards, Hughes received the Order of Canada (2001) and the Order of B.C (2005). Hughes passed away in 2007 at the age of 93.

This exhibition of Hughes’ work runs from May 15 to June 7, 2009, from Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm at the downtown location of the Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo. Admission is $8 per person or $5 for members, seniors, and students. Exhibition merchandise available for sale will include a commemorative poster of the exhibition, a catalogue, and a series of six limited edition giclée prints (three giclées of oils on stretched canvas and three giclées of watercolours on paper).

The Hughes’ exhibit is a part of a series of events surrounding the unveiling of the restored Hughes’ mural Malaspina Sketching the Malaspina Gallery (1938) which has been installed in the new Vancouver Island Conference Centre. In addition to the Hughes’ exhibit, there will be a historical display at the Nanaimo Museum, the first public screenings of the newly released documentary film E.J. Hughes: The Restoration, and an educational symposium with guest lectures. For more information, call (250) 754-1750.

art johnson says: May 15, 2009 at 8:56 pm

why is it not free?