Artist and Ruskin School of Art Visiting Tutor for Printmaking
Graeme Hughes is a fine artist, printmaker, and educator living and working in London and Oxford. His fine art practise encompasses activities of making, teaching, mentoring, publishing, and exhibiting. Graeme works in processes of drawing, printmaking, sculpture, building, and collaborative research. The subject of his work explores narrative structures in the traditions of figurative and landscape image and object making. Taking inspiration from personal and ancestral histories, philosophical, psychoanalytic, art historical, and mythological sources and iconography. His most recent research looks at how a philosophy of ethics and a philosophy of aesthetics can be represented through visual image and object making.
Graeme is interested in the transformative space and learning potential which printmaking offers. A conversational space between the science of making processes and the creative imagination. Where the gesture is confronted with certain technological limits of the day, the resulting physical prints become a kind of document, object, or map of this dialogue.
Graeme Talks about:
The surprise of being assessed as dyslexic as an adult whilst doing a creative writing course.
His grandpa being quite non-verbal and hugely inspiring as he made churches out of matchsticks.
Recently completing a PGCE (Teacher Training) course and neurodiversity not being covered.
Visualising something in his mind's eye as a way of representing multiple ideas, an anchor for those thoughts.
Word-finding challenge and the strength in seeing patterns
“Being a kid and being terrified of talking in front of people [...] not quite as confident as everyone else, that is accumulative.”
“My great grandfather was a brick-maker - he was an artist. Very very non-verbal - I don't know if he could write- so I wonder if he was dyslexic. He didn’t really write at all but he made stuff [..] which was a really good space.”