Philip Hughes (6. 1936, British) studied engineering at Cambridge University leading to an earlier career in Information Technology. Self taught as an artist, his work is centered on land, its structure, and the intervention of man from ancient cultures until the present. Hughes has extensively walked the landscape of the British Isles tracing ancient tracks. His prime source is drawing directly in the landscape complimented by the use of maps and aerial images. Abstracts works are continually made in parallel with works drawn from the land.

In 2002 he made an extended visit to Antarctica on his award of the Artists and Writers in Antarctica Fellowship with the British Antarctic survey and Arts Council England. He has travelled to other remote areas including numerous visits to the vast deserts of central Australia.

Hughes was invited to exhibit in 1990 by the Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness, the first of many public exhibitions including Tate Gallery St Ives; V&A; Jerwood Galley, Hastings; Pier Arts Centre, Orkney; Brighton Museum and Art Gallery; Salisbury Museum; Musée du Châtillonnais, France; Memmo Gallery, Lecce; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Monterray; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Drill Hall, Canberra; Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne; European Space Agency, Darmstadt; Charleston, Sussex; Semenario de Cultura, Mexico City. Forthcoming (2023): The Sidney Nolan Trust, Herefordshire. Hughes has produced numerous solos exhibitions at commercial galleries and educational venues in the UK, France and Australia.

His work is represented in many public collections including The British Library, The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, the UK Government Collection and the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., U.S.A and the National Gallery of Australia. He served on the council of the Royal College of Art (1987-1992), on the board of the Design Museum (1990-1996) and as the chairman of the Trustees of the National Gallery (1996-2000).


2023   The Rodd, Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne
2022   Cabalva, Herefordshire
2021   Painting the Ancient Land of Australia, London
    Galerie Pascal Lainé, Ménerbes (also 2018, 2014, 2010, 2007)
    Galerie Mireille Cartet, Ménerbes
2019   Charleston, East Sussex
2018   European Space Agency, Darmstadt, Germany 
    Maison de la Truffe et du Vin, Ménerbes, France 
    The Perse, Cambridge
2016   Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman Building, Canterbury
    The Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy (also 2012, 2005)
2015   University of Kent
2014   Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
2012   Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
    Cromarty Arts Trust, Scotland
    Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Scotland (also 2008)
    Stirling University, Scotland
    Salisbury Museum, Wiltshire
    Francis Kyle Gallery, London (also 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000,
    1997, 1994, 1992, 1989, 1987, 1984, 1982, 1979)
2011   Galerie Gimpel & Müller, Paris — with Chris Drury et Nicolas de Staël
2008   Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, Australia
    Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney, Australia (also 2005)
    Charleston, East Sussex
2007   Maison de la Truffe et du Vin, Menerbes, France
2004   Star Gallery, Lewes
2002   Musée du Châtillonais, Châtillon-sur-Seine, France
    Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, Australia
2001   The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
    University of Lecce, Memmo Gallery, Lecce, Italy
2000   The Tate Gallery, St Ives
    Artothèque, Vaucluse, France
1999   Volvo Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    The George Adams Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1998   Lesley Craze Gallery, London
    Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
    Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, Australia
1997   Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico
1995   L’Ambassade d’Australie, Paris
1993   La Tour des Cardinaux, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
1990   Museum and Art Gallery, Inverness, Scotland
1985   Galerie Cance Manguin, Ménerbes, France (also 1979)
1977   Angela Flowers Gallery, London
1976   Parkway Focus, London
2020   Alquimia de los Planetas  Alchemy of the Planets, Semenario de los Planetas, Mexico City (with Carmen Boullosa)
2018   European Space Agency, Darmstadt, Germany (with Amy Petra Woodward)  
2004   Château la Nerthe, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse, France (with Antoine Poncet)
2003   Churchill College, Cambridge (with Keith Grant)
2002   Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia (with Philip Wolfhagen)
1992   Lesley Craze Gallery, London (with Francis Bendixson)
1976   Francis Kyle Gallery, London (with Fay Godwin) 
1972   The Monks Gallery, Sussex (with Beryl Bainbridge)
2018   Stromness Museum, Orkney, Scotland
2017   Belgrave Gallery, St Ives
2015   The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth,  Landscapes of Exploration
2014   Lesley Craze Gallery, London (also 2004, 1994)
2013   Francis Kyle Gallery, London (also 2013, 2011, 2006, 2003 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991, 1988)
    Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge
2012   Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth,  Landscapes of Exploration
    Drill Hall Gallery ANU, Canberra, Australia, Antarctica
2007   Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester,  Nature in Art
2006   Edinburgh, Scotland, White Horizons:  British Art from Antarctica, 1775-2006,
2001   Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, Trentside
2000   Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney, Australia (also 1999)
    The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
1999   The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture, London
1997   Sotheby’s, London
    Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1995   John Jones Gallery, London
1994   Royal Society of Arts, London
1993   Lesley Craze Gallery, London
1992   Beardsmore Gallery, London
    Galerie Jaquester, Paris
    Art-Asia Convention, Hong Kong
1991   Sotheby’s, London
    Eddie Glastra Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1988   Mount House Gallery, Marlborough
    Camden Arts Centre, London
    The London Group, Royal College of Art, London
1986   Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon
1985   Royal Festival Hall, London
1983   Pintura Britanica Contemporanea, Museo Municipal, Madrid
    Angela Flowers Gallery, London (also 1974)
1982   Seven Dials Gallery, London
    L’Hotel de Ville, Bonnieux, France
1981   La Roche Gallery, London
    Acme Gallery, London
1976   Thumb Gallery, London
1970-76   Artists for Vietnam, London
1969   Aldeburgh Festival
2020   Philip Hughes: Painting the Ancient Land of Australia, Thames & Hudson Australia
    with foreword by Glenn Murcutt, essay by Jonathan Meyer. 
2018   The artist’s book Alchimia de los Planetas, Alchemy of the Planets, illustrations by Philip Hughes with Amy Petra Woodward; 
    a series of poems by Carmen Boullosa, translated by Psiche Hughes, and published by the Old School Press, UK. 
2012   Philip Hughes  tracks: walking the ancient landscapes of britain (First edition) Thames & Hudson, 
    with foreword by Kay Syrad. Paperback edition made available in 2019. 
2002   Jump of the Manta Ray, artist’s book, a series of poems by Carmen Boullosa, translated by Psiche Hughes, 
    and published by the Old School Press, UK.
1998   Patterns in the Landscape: The Notebooks of
Philip Hughes, introduction by Glen Murcutt, published by Thames & Hudson.
1997   Elysian Garden, artist’s book, poems by Carmen Boullosa, translated by Psiche Hughes illustrations by Philip Hughes, 
    printed by Taller Magenta, Monterrey, Mexico.
    The British Library, London
    The British Museum, London
    The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
    The UK Government Collection
    Clare College, Cambridge
    University of Stirling, Scotland
    Musee du Chatillonais, Chatillon-sur-Seine, France
    The National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
    The City Library, New York, USA
    Columbia University, New York, USA
    The Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA
    The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
    The University of Iowa, USA
    The University of Georgia, USA
    Washington University, St Louis, USA