Visual Arts Program
 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

FREE

George Afedzi Hughes

Artist's Talk

ln addition to his paintings, George Afedzi Hughes works in a variety of ways, utilizing sculpture, video and performance to underscore collisions of upheaval and popular culture. When speaking about his work, Hughes' devotion and enthusiasm for producing acts as an infectious catalyst, propelling action through deeper engagement.

Artist Statement:
George Afedzi Hughes' work uses the history of colonialism as a basis to highlight parallels between that violent history and contemporary global conflicts. ln today's informational age global occurrences of violence reach us through the media: transmitting fear that increasingly replaces sensations of calm. Hughes' work interprets in visual form the spectacle of information, knowledge and subjectivity. Furthermore, he investigates postcolonial reconciliation through competitive sports imagery, popular culture and narratives of multicultural societies.

Bio:
Originally from Ghana, George Afedzi Hughes studied painting at The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, College of Art, where he earned a BA in Art (Painting and Drawing 1989) and an MA in Art Education (1991). He moved to England in 1991 and finally settled in the United States in 1994 after a major solo exhibition of his works created in London were exhibited in Accra, Ghana at The Artists Alliance Gallery. He later received an MFA in Painting and Drawing (2001) from Bowling Green State University. Since moving to The United States, he has taught Art at The University of Toledo (1997-2001), Bowling Green State University (1999-2000), The University of Oklahoma (2001-2006) and currently at SUNY at Buffalo (2006-present). His paintings, perfonhances, and installations have been shown internationally in Germany, Portugal, England, Holland, China, Denmark, France, Nigeria, South Africa, and in Ghana.

http://www.gohughes.com
 





 
 
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