Art long time in the making on display
August 13, 2004
An exhibit of the “Highly Unusual Abstract Art” of Fox Carlton Hughes will be presented throughout the month of August at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City. The exhibit is a collection of work that transforms uninteresting subject matter like cracks in the sidewalk, rusted auto parts and torn posters and handbills from the mundane to the fascinating and beautiful.
Hughes began this body of work more than 30 years ago as an art teacher in La Jolla, Calif., when he captured these bizarre objects on black and while slide film. The slides, however, became lost over the years as he pursued other careers like music, writing and animation. About a year ago, the elusive slides surfaced and Hughes scanned them into his computer and re-configured and colored them using his years of painting experience to direct his creations. This work certainly deserves the caption “Highly Unusual” and drew record crowds at the Brewery Arts Center’s opening reception.
Hughes’ work is bold and dynamic and often contains images within images in the sometimes complex structure. A small picture in the lower right hand corner of the mat, called a Remarque, shows the original image that he worked from to create the framed piece of art.
Hughes has illustrated 12 Disney books including classics like “Davey Crocket,” “Brer Rabbit,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Johnny Appleseed.” He is currently working on a project with Dayton painter Steven Saylor and a series of quasi-children’s books.
Hughes is also a writer and musician. He opened for the Mamas and Papas as a jazz guitarist before he hurt his hand and was unable to play. He and his wife, Peggy, recently moved to Dayton from the San Francisco Bay Area to be closer to their daughters.
As a precursor to his “Cartoon” exhibit scheduled next March at the BAC, Hughes will have five very humorous pieces from his days as an animator/cartoonist on exhibit at the second annual Meet the Artist show at the Dayton Valley Floral and Nursery Gallery, 209 Dayton Valley Road, in Dayton. The opening reception is from 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 19 and will include wine tasting in the beautiful garden setting. Many fine local artists and craftspersons will be represented and their work will be on continuous display for purchase and your viewing pleasure.