Eddie McHugh focuses on
paintings that combine representational subjects with fantastical
dream imagery and creative flair. Choosing to paint ordinary
people and mundane objects, he constructs his visual language
so as to portray them as part of a unique other universe.
He then incorporates archetypes and religious iconography,
as well as elements of abstraction, in an attempt to describe
the connective tissue that binds us to each other
and the planet, reinforcing the philosophy of interdependence
among all things. In Hermano, he uses strong yet
muted blues, oranges and turquoise to tell his story of
a peasant man. In Still Life, brighter, intense
blues and oranges play against pale yellows as dynamically
shaped cutouts tease the eye and mind.
McHugh developed his drawing skills at
an early age, receiving no formal art training until attending
his high school art education program in the greater Boston
area where he studied under recent graduates of some of
the nation’s top art schools. He has participated
in both solo and group shows for two decades, earning an
honorable mention at the Whatcom Museum of History Art International
Art Competition, and his works hang in various private collections.