Jane Hughes is an Irish artist currently based in Helsinki. She works with painting, drawing, installation and various collaborative projects. She is fascinated by social and cultural histories. In her art practice she collects materials from diverse sources; curiosities from old historical picture books, literature, film, and internet rabbit holes. These images and stories get re-invented through the painting process juxtaposing different contexts and inviting the viewer to make unexpected connections.
Hughes completed her BA in Fine Art at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin in 2006. She earned her MA in Environmental Art at Aalto University, Helsinki in 2012 including, a one-year Erasmus scholarship at the MA, Art in Context, University of Arts (UDK), Berlin (2010–2011). She previously worked as co-curator at WerkStadt, Berlin, and founded Art Clinic an ongoing critical feedback sessions for professional artists in Berlin.
Recent exhibitions include I PUT A SPELL ON YOU at Galleria Ars Libera in Kuopio, (2021), The True Believer at Laikku in Tampere in Finland (2020), Someone Else’s Stories, a collaboration with Taru Kallio at Galleria Huuto in Helsinki (2020), and Place, Histories and Other Matters at Toradh Galleries in Kells and Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Ireland (2020/2019 ) and Architecture of Emotions at Custom House Studios & Gallery in Westport, Ireland (2018).
Her works are in public collections including the Finnish State Art Deposit Collection, Arts Council of Ostrobothnia, Finland, HUS (Helsinki University Hospital), Finland and National visual arts library, Dublin.
Jane Hughes, Grey Garden Studios, Helsinki, photo credit: Jonna Karanka