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Lynn Hughes
From September 8th 1980 to September 27th 1980
It's Only Facination

"It seems as if a statement might easily become an apology for painting in an age of 'modern art'... an intellectualizing of it. I can only say that I have returned — not so much to Painting as to pictures... perhaps out of hedonism. I am not trying to be clever about painting or paint. As I do read widely (for delight), the simplest and most appropriate thing seems to be to put with the work some examples of the kind of texts I become attached to. They cannot speak for the paintings but they do have some interest in conjunction with them."
- Internal document (Optica) : artist statement

"[...]Returning once again to the subject of pricing, it is too bad that Lynn Hughes and David Elliot, the young artists exhibiting at Optica, have not even bothered to post the prices of their works.
It's a good thing we have Canada Council-founded parallel galleries like Optica that can exhibit new art without having to worry about selling to survive. But not listing the prices gives the impression that the artists couldn't care less about selling.
The gallery staff (who don't know the prices themselves) will put you in touch with the artists if you express an interest. But many people, for instance those who might be interested in filing away comparative price information for future reference, simply don't bother to do this. Selling contemporary art is hard enough. Why make it harder?
Having said this, I must add that unless the prices are low, I would not imagine this show would attract too many buyers (though the Art Bank has bought Hughes.) Hughes' colorful expressionistic semi-abstractions—works that contain shape that seem to suggest such real objects as a bed, window, sink, even slices of bread—are striking, confident and refreshingly unpretentious. However, they are still at the senior novice stage."
- Nixon, Virginia, "(...) American Show Simple, Refreshing", The Gazette, 13 septembre 1980, p.57.

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- Nixon, Virginia, «(...) American Show Simple, Refreshing», The Gazette, 13 septembre 1980, p.57.