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Inner Glow

mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
Inner Glow, Ink, oil and resin on wood, 36 x 36", 2020

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.

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."

Many Voices, View 1

resin sculpture by Farida Hughes
Many Voices, View 1, Resin and oil paint on sculpture stand, Approximately 40" x 20" x 24", 2020

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About Farida

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

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I use modern materials to tell human stories of identity and relationships through the fluidity and color harmonies of paint. Co-mingling translucent layers in abstraction are my means of making manifest the overlap and interconnectedness of our unique human awareness, the histories that influence us, and our common movements within the spaces of the world. My use of vibrant color, bold shapes and glass-like surface textures invite contemplation on the mixing of perceived realities. I create portraits... more

Luminosity

The works in the Luminosity series are influenced by the mindfulness of staying in place and exploring both a metaphoric inner human light and the fluid and fleeting quality of observed light as it moves through the spaces of one’s surroundings. Impressions of natural and artificial light on objects, combined with an awareness of a symbolic light that connects us to people and that we share among communities is the basis for these current compositions.

Material Explorations

I use fluid materials to explore movement, shape, transparency and interconnections. Even in those pursuits where I am pushing my materials into forms contrary to their properties, I consider myself a painter. 

  • Many Voices, View 1

    resin sculpture by Farida Hughes
    Many Voices, View 1, Resin and oil paint on sculpture stand, Approximately 40" x 20" x 24", 2020
  • Many Voices, View 2

    resin sculpture by Farida Hughes
    Resin and oil paint on sculpture stand Approximately 20” x 40” x 20” 2020
  • Many Voices, View 3

    resin sculpture by Farida Hughes
    Resin and oil paint on sculpture stand Approximately 20” x 40” x 20” 2020
  • Many Voices, Top view

    resin sculpture by Farida Hughes
    Top view Resin and oil paint on sculpture stand Approximately 20” x 40” x 20” 2020
  • Hanging Installation View 1

    hanging sculpture Farida Hughes
    Resin, oil paint, found plastic mesh netting, and aluminum mesh, Variable dimensions, 12 pieces, work in progress
  • Hanging Installation View 2

    resin sculpture by Farida Hughes
    Resin, oil paint, found plastic mesh netting, and aluminum mesh, Variable dimensions, 12 pieces, work in progress
  • Colors of the Skin

    resin sculpture by Farida Hughes
    Assembly of free-standing sculptural pieces. Resin and oil paint, 15" x 8", variable length, 2018

Blends

The Blends painting project is ongoing, with well 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. (Stories presented on this website may be longer than what shows up in the text box.)

  • Blend 34kk

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, resin, and graphite on wood panel, 20 x 20", 2020 | "I was born in Haifa, Israel, to an Argentinean father and an Israeli mother. My parents both have a bit of a story, my dad left Argentina during the “Dirty War” military dictatorship, after being a political prisoner. My mother is a second-generation Holocaust survivor. I grew up speaking Hebrew and Spanish at home and learned English at school. We moved to Mexico City when I was 5, where I went to school until the age of 15.
  • Blend 33dp

    Abstract painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, resin, and graphite on wood panel, 20 x 20", 2021 | "i was born in iowa and raised in minnesota, tho i wandered the united states, canada, india and mexico from hippie days to the present. i am of norwegian descent on my mother's side (winona, minnesota) and scotch/irish/english/welsh on my father's mother’s side (nebraska and wyoming) and mexican on my fathers father’s side (chihuahua). family names are edwin stenehjem, selmina hefte (and trejus) on the norwegian side. mabil smith (and cloyd) on my father’s mother’s side.
  • Blend 10

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2017 | "I'm half Ashkenazi Jew half U.K. My father's family immigrated from ghettos in Poland and the Ukraine. There is one great great grandparent we don't know where she came from. Breast cancer runs higher in Ashkenazi Jews, so I had some extra genetic testing done.   My mother's family traced her lineage back to the Mayflower (though when I sent the information into the Mayflower Society and Daughters of the American revolution, they had no record of that lineage, and then it seemed like too big a project to pursue).
  • Blend 23

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    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. She watched me speaking with [my daughter and wife] in English, and blinked at me in amazement, saying, "the last time I saw you, you didn't even know *how* to speak English." It was a powerful reminder of how my life changed moving here.
  • Blend 5

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2019 | Coming from a multi-cultural, dual-religion household, where differences were often a point of contention, my latent concerns of identity and community have increasingly become the content of my artwork. As an American daughter of first generation Indian/German descent, there is a personal awareness of being different in all groups; I developed strategies of blending in, which affected my deep interest in personal identity vs. community growth, energy and bonding, group formation, group movement, and human social behavior.
  • Blend 6

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    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 7

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x20", 2017 | "Him - Native American…“Sovin” speaker - language identity. NC tribe is Saponi maybe Cherokee. Russian/Romanian/European nobles, founder of Troy including Ed. Longshanks “Brave Heart.” [B]lood children all of this + French…He has been nomadic (parents joined army). House of Israel - both religious and cultural. Symbolism [is] part of who we are."
  • Blend 8

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2017 | "[G]o with the kids, who add their dad’s mostly non-overlapping shades of white:  From mom: British; French; Norwegian, some American Indian. From their dad: …Scottish, Dutch and German (along with British), but…[h]e will only claim a mixed heritage based on the western and eastern sides of NJ."
  • Blend 30hw

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2019 | "My kids are about one third early colonial American from both sides (with claims to the Mayflower & the DAR, and one now-controversial ancestor who was lauded a hero in her day, having led a bloody revolt against & escape from her Native American captors).
  • Blend 27

    resin art painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, resin, graphite on panel, 20 x 20", 2019 – "I have a really mixxxed up background: on my father's side, I am a 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.

Kindred Systems

These works are composed with the notion that each individual is their 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 with additional mixed media.

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?

Common Threads

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. 

  • Snow in April

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

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, resin, thread, mixed media on wood, 40 x 30", 2018
  • Journeys

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, thread, mixed media, and resin on board, 48 x 36", 2017
  • Line sand Ripples

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

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

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

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, resin, watercolor, hand-dyed wool on wood, 36 x 36", 2017
  • Holding Onto Heroes

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

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, thread, mixed media, and resin on board, 30 x 40", 2019
  • Synapse

    mixed media painting by Farida Hughes
    Oil, resin, thread, mixed media on panel, 30 x 40", 2019

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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    watercolor on canvas painting by Farida Hughes
    Watercolor and river water on watercolor canvas 48 x 90" 2019

Farida's Curated Collection

This artist has not yet created a curated collection.