Concerned with the concept of the ‘anti-romantic’, Hughes’s sculptural works pair contemporary symbols with abstract representations of the coping mechanisms used as we navigate an increasingly uncertain and volatile world. Influenced by Western ideologies, personal memory and a longing for the past, Hughes’s work reflects a variety of interests, focussing on topics such as blues music, archival material, Hollywood movies and the idea of the anti-romantic. Hughes manipulates our sense of time, he creates imagined scenarios from the future and collides them with a sense of the now, the resulting sculptural work sits somewhere between hope, despair and a deep sense of nostalgia.
“There’s both melancholy and humour in Richard Hughes’s work which explores (and sometimes unravels) the idea of sculpture as a memorial. His work is physically engaging but intellectually subtle and quietly questioning too.” [Tim Marlow: Head of Artistic Programs and Exhibitions at The Royal Academy]