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About Carole

Carole Hughes is a self-taught Cambridge artist who has a passion for colour and Fauve Art

“The use of colours, the bold thick strokes and the almost naïve way of putting paint on canvas is a magical blend in itself,” says Carole

Carole Hughes started painting in 1994 experimenting with oils and creating a style which would depict the elements which she had admired for so many years.

She travelled to Europe and has continued to paint large and colourful paintings from Italy, France, Serbia , Bosnia and Spain. These paintings showed that classic Fauve characteristic that “colour was how you want it to be not how it was meant to be.”

One of Carole’s paintings hangs in the halls of the Beehive and as a specialist in the Fauve Art movement she has been invited to give a presentation on Fauve artists and the influence they have had on her work.

Over the ensuing years Carole has exhibited in most of the large cities throughout New Zealand. She has been guest exhibitor at The Monterey Gallery, in Auckland, The Heritage Gallery in Cambridge, The Millwood Gallery in Wellington, plus various galleries in Nelson and Christchurch. Many of her canvases have travelled overseas and she has many followers throughout the world.

Enjoying painting Fowey in Cornwall

Here I am in Wellington for Easter, blustery city, but the city houses two of my daughters, so I have a special  affinity to this city. I had my pop up exhibition a couple of weekends ago - justRead more

A painting to hang outdoors in a garden - a special challenge

Good Morning - I’m looking  forward to this coming year. Getting back to normality anyway after the Christmas break. I saw all of my family, three daughters who are the mainstay of my family andRead more

New paintings and cheese platters

My exhibition with Jo Beckett on Saturday 28th November and Sunday 29th November is getting closer, and I am busy preparing new art with some new themes. I have attached the photos of three of theRead more

Tinakori Road, Oriental Bay and a new exhibition in November

It is always a joy to visit Wellington (not the least because two of my daughters Anna and Jenny live there!), seeing the beautiful old homes that look like they could fall off the side of the hill. Read more

Paintings in the time of Covid

I cannot believe how fast this year has gone - September and Spring already! You will agree (I am sure), that this has been a year like no other, and stress has been at a premium - for differentRead more

Memories of my wonderful travels - and the inspirations for many of my paintings

Time to write a blog - sitting here as you all are - waiting for this lockdown to end and trying to work out what happens next. Disappointed that The Cambridge Autumn Festival was cancelled becauseRead more

What I've been up to and short note on Fauve artists

Here I am again, - it has been a while since I have entered a post – the last few months have gone by so quickly! In November 2019 I took part in the Cambridge Rotary Garden Festival as one of theRead more

Hundertwasser - brilliance

Hopefully you have heard of the fascinating Artist & Architect - Friedrich Hundertwasser. Many of you will know of him because of his high profile in Keri Keri, New Zealand. His art is totallyRead more

Brittany Dogs, Garden Festivals and Art Exhibitions

It is nearly at the close of July and I am in Wellington for my youngest daughters birthday. Today I have a day to myself while my family members are at work and I have as company two BrittanyRead more

Frances Hodgkins

If you have a passion for art you will know about Frances. I put her in the same category as Katherine Mansfield. These New Zealand women are two of my most admired people. Individuals, probably reaRead more

Rita Angus

The next woman artist that I admire and who has influenced my work is Rita Angus. Rita Angus, google her, but you probably know who I am talking about. Rita was born in 1908 and was a contemporaryRead more

Frida Kahlo - an inspiration

There are three women artists who I admire immensely - Frida Kahlo, Frances Hodgkins and Rita Angus. They are all so interesting, so I've written a blog on each one. Many of you may know of FridaRead more

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