Drawing forms the backbone of William Hughes’ practice. Images are culled from a variety of sources; manuals and books, found photo albums and photographs, online and offline image archives. Reproduced in graphite, the work aims to measure the inertia of the anonymous image- wrested from wider contextualising structures and reproduced wholesale- against the potentiality of drawing as a meditative, developmental platform. Fragmented or isolated with occasional textual interventions, images become multiplicitous signifiers, indicative of wider social and political meaning.
William Hughes (1991) was born in London and lives and works in Manchester. He completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014 and continues to show in group exhibitions around the UK. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize.
Crouching (methods of display) Graphite and acrylic medium on paper 11.5 x 8cm 2017
Palette (methods of display) Graphite and acrylic medium on paper 13 x 8.5cm 2017
Untitled Graphite and acrylic medium on paper 16.5 x 10cm 2017
For painting not nor any eyes for ever Graphite and acrylic medium on paper 28 x 20.5cm 2017