Born in Belfast in 1965, Ronnie Hughes studied at the University of Ulster, receiving an MA in Fine Art in 1989. Hughes has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Ireland and has participated in group exhibitions worldwide. He has received several awards including a one-year residency in New York (PS1, 1990) and three-month residencies at Banff Arts Center, Canada (1994) and Bemis Arts Center, Nebraska (1997). Represented by the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, his work is held in many public and corporate collections including both Irish Arts Councils and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He has recently been awarded the ‘Irish Artist Fellowship’ for a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center and has also just been invited for a two-month residency at the prestigious ‘Albers Foundation’ in Connecticut.
Ronnie Hughes’s work can be divisive. Displaying networks of straight lines and angles, circles of colour and the negative spaces between, this internationally renowned artist can bemuse and inspire in equal measure. But there’s a lot more to his paintings than meets the eye.