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Couple A, #2 Right Side

resin art painting by Farida Hughes
Couple A, #2 Right Side, Resin, oil and acrylic on panel, diptych, 36 x 72", 2019. A review of Farida's artwork by Ray Mark Rinaldi in the Denver Post says: "Farida Hughes’ series of resin and oil paintings on wood panels feature eye-appealing blobs of overlapping colors...Up close, however, the fluid shapes reveal themselves to be human head-like forms. She means these works to be “portraits” of a sort, though without eyes, ears and noses. Instead, they’re all emotion, thought, introspection. Layers and layers of those things. They’re lively, but also difficult."

Blends paintings installed at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

resin art paintings by Farida Hughes
Wall of Blends paintings, each oil, resin, and graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2017-2019; exhibition image from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design from "I Contain Multitudes" group exhibition, 2019. The Blends series explores multi-culturalism in our populations. Abstraction begins with content as the paintings develop from solicited lists and narratives of real peoples’ cultural and ethnic backgrounds and experiences. Paintings are exhibited with the corresponding stories, not shown in the image. Photo credit Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Alt-Terrain

watercolor on canvas painting by Farida Hughes
Alt-Terrain, Watercolor on canvas, 48 x 96", 2019. This painting began on the ground on the bank of the Wisconsin River in 2016 and was completed in Baltimore in 2019. It was made to be oriented in any direction. The painting portrays an aerial view of an invented world but based on our own, with colors and imagery suggesting a movement of people through various terrains. In keeping with my ongoing concern of human relationships, collective movement, and migration, the piece is about forced migration worldwide due to climate change.

Journeys

mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
Journeys, Oil, resin, watercolor, thread on gesso board, 48 x 36", 2017. The Common Threads series comprises of abstract paintings that metaphorically allude to the links, or threads, tying people, groups, and communities together across differences. Real entwined thread, or pulled lengths of wool, in the Common Threads paintings are a metaphor for commonly shared experiences bridging different identity issues. I am working to use these links and metaphoric threads as a means to find common ground and harmony.

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About Farida

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

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Originally from New Jersey and New York, Farida came to the Baltimore area by way Minnesota. Observations of human relationships and interactions, especially as influenced by circumstance and location, have been the content of her art for over a decade. Farida is an abstract artist working in mixed media, oil paint, and resin on panel. She developed her mixed media style after many years of painting with oil colors and experimenting with oil painting mediums and solvents. She studied Studio Art and... more

Blends

The Blends painting project is 3 years in the making and ongoing, with over 30 paintings completed to date. The series began as a way to explore my multi-culturalism as a uniquely blended individual, along with the intention to collect and portray narratives from friends and acquaintances. Abstraction begins with content as the paintings develop from solicited lists and stories of real peoples’ cultural and ethnic backgrounds and experiences. The blended-ness of people creates interesting identity issues that the abstract “portraits” explore through formal investigation: colors are distinct, but layered together they become new forms, and the paintings develop as I join these parts into harmony. In this way, I am constructing composite “portraits” made up of colors and shapes that combine visually to create a new and complex identity. Paintings are exhibited with the corresponding stories.

  • Blend 10

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Blend 10, oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2017
  • Blend 23

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Blend 23, oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2019 "I'm half-Mexican and half-Irish… I lived in Mexico as a kid and moved [to the US] for first grade. I was back in Mexico [recently] and I ran into a woman who had not seen me since I was five years old.
  • Blend 27

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Blend 27, oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2019 "I have a really mixxxed up background: on my father's side, I am descendant of American slaves from Africa. On my mother's side, I am descendant of immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. My paternal heritage knowledge stops in South Carolina. My maternal side knowledge is not much better, my mom is not sure if they are Polish, Russian, Czech, Slovakian or some mixture of all of that. Her mother always told her she was American and not to worry about it.
  • Blend 30hw

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Blend 30hw, oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2019
  • Blend 8

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Blend 8, oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2017
  • Blend 7

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Blend 7, oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x20", 2017
  • Blend 5

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Blend 5, oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2019
  • Blend 6

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Blend 6, oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2017 "I was born in Estonia and am a WW II refugee. My first husband and the father of my two kids, [is] half French/Luxembourg."
  • Blend 13bb

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Blend 13bb, oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20" 2017
  • Blend 18ae

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Blend 18ae, oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2018

Couples

Considering concepts of identity in our current state of things, I have been exploring compositions in diptych format using abstract head-like forms paired as a couple but with gazes that do not include the other. The paintings are loosely informed by paintings of couples by David Hockney, which show a pair of individuals in a space together, but not necessarily including the other in their portrait. This type of image, to me, reflects on our current moment of isolation and inter-dependency. Are we as humans becoming more isolated, even as we become more intertwined?

  • Couple B

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Couple B, Oil, resin, acrylic on wood panel, diptych, 36 x 72", 2019
  • Couple A

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Couple A, Oil, resin, acrylic on wood panel, diptych, 36 x 72", 2019
  • Couple B, #1 left side

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Couple B, #1 left side of diptych, Oil and resin on panel, 36 x 36", 2019
  • Couple B, #2 right side

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Couple B, #2 right side of diptych, Oil and resin on panel, 36 x 36", 2019
  • Couple A #1, left

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Couple A, #1 left side of diptych, Oil and resin on panel, 36 x 36", 2019
  • Couple A, #2 right side

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Couple A, #2 right side of diptych, Oil and resin on panel, 36 x 36", 2019
  • Best Days

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Best Days, diptych, Oil, resin and acrylic on panel, 36 x 72", 2019

Kindred Systems

These works are composed with the notion that each individual is it's own unique blend, but all are part of, and reliant upon, a larger system. All works in this project are made with oil paint and resin on panel, occasionally adding other mixed media.

  • Kindred

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Kindred, Oil, resin, and charcoal on panel, 36 x 36", 2019
  • Eloquence

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Eloquence, India ink, oil, resin on panel, 36 x 36, 2019
  • Gemela

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Gemela, Oil, resin, charcoal on panel, 36 x 36" 2019
  • Circular Connections

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Circular Connections, Oil, resin, graphite on panel, 36 x 36", 2019
  • Melange

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Melange, Oil, resin, graphite on panel, 36 x 36", 2019
  • Family Circles

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Family Circles, Oil, resin, graphite on panel, 36 x 36", 2019

Common Threads

Another series titled Common Threads comprises of abstract paintings that metaphorically allude to the links, or threads, tying people, groups, and communities together across differences. We often find ourselves faced with addressing the differences between people, via identity, politics, economic stature, family origin, and more. Real entwined thread, or pulled lengths of wool, in the Common Threads paintings are a metaphor for commonly shared experiences bridging these different identity issues. Shared experiences bind people and their histories together in intimately interesting ways. I am working to use these links and metaphoric threads as a means to find common ground and harmony.

  • Journeys

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, thread, mixed media, and resin on board, 48 x 36", 2017
  • Snow in April

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Snow in April, Oil, resin, thread, mixed media on wood, 40 x 30", 2018
  • Energy of Dreaming

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Energy of Dreaming, Oil, resin, thread, mixed media on wood, 40 x 30", 2018
  • Apt Connections

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Apt Connections, Oil, thread, mixed media, and resin on board, 30 x 40", 2019
  • Holding Onto Heroes

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Holding Onto Heroes, Oil, resin, hand-dyed wool, watercolor, oil stick on wood, 36 x 48", 2019
  • Etude

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Etude, Oil, thread, mixed media, and resin on board, 16 x 16", 2018
  • So Loose

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    So Loose, Oil, resin, watercolor, hand-dyed wool on wood, 36 x 36", 2017
  • Color Patch

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Color Patch, Oil, resin, watercolor, hand-dyed wool on wood, 36 x 36", 2017
  • Synapse

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Synapse, Oil, resin, thread, mixed media on panel, 30 x 40", 2019
  • Line sand Ripples

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Lines and Ripples, Oil, thread, mixed media, and resin on board, 16 x 16", 2018

Alt-Terrain

  • Alt-Terrain

    watercolor on canvas painting by Farida Hughes
    Alt-Terrain, Watercolor on canvas, 48 x 96", 2019. This painting began on the ground on the bank of the Wisconsin River in 2016 and was completed in Baltimore in 2019. It was made to be oriented in any direction. The painting portrays an aerial view of an invented world but based on our own, with colors and imagery suggesting a movement of people through various terrains. In keeping with my ongoing concern of human relationships, collective movement, and migration, the piece is about forced migration worldwide due to climate change.

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