New work by artist Darren Hughes in Storiel

Date: 21/05/2021
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Storiel, Bangor have launched their Spring exhibitions with new work by the brilliant local artist, Darren Hughes.

In his exhibition ‘Native Places’, Darren approaches the landscape with a contemporary realism and honesty. This exhibition of charcoal and mixed media drawings, oil paintings and drypoint etching prints explore native places for the artist – with views of Bethesda, Anglesey and the Irish Sea.

Talking about the inspiration behind the new work, Darren Hughes said: “The starting point for the whole body of work was a reassessment of my practice around 3 years ago. It made complete sense to return to basics and to use drawing as my main focus. The pieces in the exhibition are responses to where I live in and around Bethesda, and also to Pentraeth on Anglesey where I grew up.

“The images are grounded in observation, reflecting upon the energy and atmosphere of the places and certain memories. Photography has played a small part in exploring these ideas and I find I respond to photography’s stillness – that moment captured in time; of the world, but separate.

“It is this feeling that also permeates some of the locations used within the images. So this new work is a beginning, not only in terms of exploring a new type of landscape, but also in terms of approaching my practice and use of processes and materials.”

Delyth Gwawr Williams, Visual Arts Officer, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to launch our spring exhibitions here at Storiel by showcasing this fantastic new work by Darren Hughes.

“From large and small oil paintings to large striking charcoal images, this exhibition is wonderful.” 

The art and museum galleries at Storiel have re-opened, but you have to book your space before visiting by going on the Storiel website -  www.storiel.cymru .You can also call Storiel on 01248 353 368 during the opening hours, 11.00-17.00, Tuesday to Saturday. When visiting, please continue to follow the Welsh Government Covid-19 rules to keep everyone safe.

Remember that you can also see this exhibition virtually from your own home. All you need to do is go to the Storiel website.

All of Darren’s work is for sale and Collectorplan is available at Storiel.

Image: Darren Hughes.