Kieran Hughes


I have worked across a broad range of media - including painting, drawing and computer design.

I have worked for design agencies as an illustrator and for the BBC and BSkyB as a graphic designer in news and current affairs, marketing and entertainment. And some broadcast design experience in Madrid, Washington DC and New York.

I use typography as a raw material for design solutions and image making; constructing geometry on the page or screen. Understanding the message and purpose of any communication is crucial, getting the right balance between branding and information. This also applies to painting; I love the physical nature of applying pigment to canvas, but more importantly, the communication of ideas justifies the process. And it doesn't come without a struggle. The challenge of visualizing ideas that are often hard to reach and tough to complete.

As an observer, it’s common to place too much emphasis on technique – such as draughtsmanship and originality. What really matters is the passion, the motivation and the statement this process communicates. Art communicates a vital part of our humanity, giving voice to our concerns and experience, our reality, fantasy and truth. No different from many other art forms – theatre, music, dance, poetry – interpreting fantasy, mystery, revelation and devotion, despite our often narrow and subjective perspective. Through painting and design, I communicate my concerns; my faith, my impressions, deliberations and assertions. Through painting, I can make some sense of the richness of experience. There isn’t time to cover everything, so I choose memories, a place, a face and unforgettable expressions. There for a passing moment, recapturing them, in ways that are often larger than life. I love geometry and scale. And the creative use of public spaces – installations and images on a grand scale, including theatre design and art in open spaces.

Religious art has become a major part of my work – I still love the realism of landscapes and portraiture which hold a strong narrative, but religious art – especially the biblical narratives and icons can be monumental and compelling.