Dean Hughes work doesn’t begin with materials but with objects that are perfunctory and overlooked. His work has involved embroidering London bus seats (1996), sewing the shape of dropped thread into paper (1996), refilling puddles on days when it hadn’t rained (2001, 2011), reorganizing lined A4 paper (2013).
He has exhibited work in exhibitions such as British Art Show 5 organized by the Hayward Gallery in 2000 and most recently he was included in Newspeak-British Art Now at the Saatchi Gallery, London (2011). He has held solo exhibitions at Laure Genillard Gallery London (1996, 2000), Gian Carla Zanutti, Milan (1998), Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco (2001, 2003), Dicksmith Gallery, London (2008) and he is represented by Maria Stenfors Gallery, London. His work was included in Phaidon’s Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing (2005).
Dean Hughes was born in 1974 in Salford, England. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design between 1993-96, where he was taught by British artists Roger Ackling and Martin Creed.
Prior to his appointment at Edinburgh he taught at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire and he has been a visiting lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, University of Sunderland, University of the Arts–Camberwell, University of the Arts–Chelsea, KUVA Academy, Helsinki and Glasgow School of Art. He is external examiner for BA Fine Art at De Monfort University, Leicester and BA Art and Visual Culture at University of West of England, Bristol.