Dr. Edward Hughes is a master painter and legendary artist renowned for his depictions of British Columbia’s landscapes. His distinguished career spans over seven decades, and his work has defined the look of B.C.’s landscapes in art.
Dr. Hughes’ earlier canvases caught the attention of members of the Group of Seven, and he was the first recipient of an Emily Carr Fellowship, which allowed him to explore the province and make the sketches that would later serve as a source for his acclaimed paintings.
In addition to this, Dr. Hughes served in the Second World War as a gunner and an Official War Artist. His work contributed greatly to the documentation and depiction of those who served in the armed forces at that time, and now hangs in the Canadian War Museum.
Dr. Hughes’ paintings represent a visual history of the province, and effectively capture the essence of west coast life. His accomplishments have been widely recognized in art exhibitions across Canada, and his work is included in every major Canadian public collection. Dr. Hughes was also commissioned to create a mural for the British Columbia pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in San Francisco.
Dr. Edward John Hughes’ work has touched the minds and hearts of countless British Columbians through its power, integrity and unique vision. He is a recipient of three honourary doctorates, and received the Order of Canada in 2001.