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Shawnigan Lake Museum

E.J. Hughes Paints British Columbia

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A handsome new retrospective on one of BC’s most beloved artists that unveils, for the first time, photographs, sketches, and ephemera from the artist’s estate.

The reputation of E. J. Hughes in British Columbia is second only to that of Emily Carr. His paintings, collected by every major gallery in our country, fetch more than $1 million at auction. Yet Hughes lived a notoriously private life.

Hughes painted scenes from all over BC, but he especially loved Vancouver Island, and lived most of his 93 years at Shawnigan Lake and Duncan. This book features paintings from his beloved island home—from Sidney, past Goldstream and the Malahat to Cowichan Bay, Genoa Bay, and Maple Bay. With stops along the way, he painted scenes from Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Comox, and Courtenay. Hughes recorded the passing of an era, capturing the coastal steamships, log booms, fishing boats, and the landscapes he treasured.

This book includes a biography of the artist, highlights more than 60 of his finest works alongside sketches and photos revealing his studio methods, and shares his handwritten notes.

About the Author:

The latest book on renowned Canadian painter E.J. Hughes straddles the genres of biography, history and Canadian art . . . Robert Amos composes an engaging backstory for each painting with the location's history, Hughes' experiences, and archival material including sketches, artist notes and location photos. These compelling paintings stand on their own, but Amos' descriptions add a human element and shed light on the artistic process. Hughes captures the landscape in a way that drifts between art and an old photograph, appealing to those interested in art and history alike.
(BC History 2018-09-01)
E.J. Hughes Paints British Columbia