Beautiful free-form landscape paintings with gentle hues and sensitive gestures: these are the works we know and love from Australian artist Gillian Hughes. Since graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts (Honours) in 2012, Gillian Hughes has participated in multiple group shows and exhibited her own solo show ‘Goldforsaken Hills’. Her artist residency at Hill End and continued research into colour composition, collage, drawing and painting has culminated in an outstanding portfolio of works that show maturity and a perceptive mind.
Gillian’s practice begins by working directly from the subject rather than photography. She looks for tone, shapes and patterns in the landscape as well as taking in the sounds, smells, temperatures and textures. “My paintings tend to incorporate drawing and mark making techniques into them. I sometimes dispense with brushes altogether and use my hands or any other object that I think will make the mark that I want, such as sponges, scrubbing brushes and old broken pencils to scratch into the surface of the paint”.
Gillian’s studio is hot in summer, cold in winter, and takes on a fairly clinical and orderly feel from old habits she has picked up from working in hospitals. Her materials vary from charcoal, ink and pastels to oil paints, collage paraphernalia and graphite.
In the future Gillian would love to spend time working with an indigenous community and coming to understand their treatment and interaction with the land.