Sara Hughes


Born Vancouver, Canada 1971. Currently lives and works Auckland, New Zealand.

Sara Hughes has exhibited extensively since graduating with a Masters of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 2001. Her paintings and architecturally-scaled installations draw on the tradition of hard edge abstraction, reinterpreting its mode and method through contemporary culture and image making. Hughes' candy-coloured compositions pulse with the heightened intensity of commercial graphics and display a continuing interest in optical perception. Utilising precise geometric arrangements to reference information technologies, computer viruses and assorted electronic communication systems, she explores the role that code and patterns play in the way we interpret and navigate the world in the digital age. Recent exhibitions, such as Scales of Economy, Feedback Runaway and WorldWide Optimism, have focused on mapping networks of wealth distribution, power structures and currency value by reflecting on a variety of economic transactions, from the stock exchange to the garage sale.

Hughes practice has attracted significant attention throughout Australasia. Recent solo exhibitions include: Sing a Rainbow, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2015; Veneer, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2013; Palonbasi Neydu Hokistshro, Sutton Gallery Project Space, Melbourne, 2012; The Golden Grain, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, 2011; For Kultur, Hawkes Bay Museum and Art Gallery, Napier, New Zealand, 2010; Heat Wave, Federation Square, Melbourne, 2010; Feedback Runaway, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 2009; and United we Fall, Christchurch City Art Gallery, New Zealand, 2008. Selected group exhibitions include: As Many Structures As I Can, New Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt, 2013; Flight, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 2012; and Peaking the Edge, Plus Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA, 2011. Hughes has also undertaken a number of high profile public commissions, including Pin Wall at Hawkes Bay Museum and Art Gallery in 2015; two large-scale permanent works for the ANZ lobby in Auckland; a series of striking outdoor works for the re-opening of Cathedral Square in the centre of Christchurch in 2013/14, as well as a temporary installation entitled Heat Wave at Federation Square, Melbourne in 2010. She has been selected to participate in a number of notable residencies including the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, in 2007; and Creative New Zealand's Berlin Visual Artists Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien between 2008 and 2009. Her paintings and installations are held in many important Australasian public and private collections.




Sara Hughes CV 2016

Artwork by Sara Hughes

Full Moon, 2016

acrylic paint on paper, mounted on aluminium
56 x 76cm