Gwyn Hughes specializes in portraiture painting - predominately in oils. His portrayals of people's faces impressively feature the minute details of the individual, realistic wrinkles, and even reflections in his subjects’ eyes. His monochromatic washes of paint give a sense of delicacy.
Greatly influenced by the people and cultures that surround him, Gwyn's subjects are drawn from his environment.
The content of his work varies from meticulously detailed New York scenes, that showcase a range of subject matter, within a portrait – to portraiture featuring New Zealand Maori. Gwyn deeply researches the heritage and wairua of an individual, showcasing their Ta Moko, (strong motifs of their culture) capturing their soul & individuality. His Maori portraiture is surrounded by native, birds and flora, this dual focus gives the viewer a strong sense of spirituality and place. Gwyn’s precision-oriented practice, means his paintings are so realistic you find yourself doing a double take.
Gwyn moved from Wales to New Zealand, and now resides in the South Island. Throughout the years Gwyn’s work has been greatly influenced by American illustrators, this in turn has lead to numerous radio and television interviews over his career. With extensive research in oil techniques, he has been active in lecturing and holding demonstrations to various art societies and groups in the UK. He’s paintings can be found in collections across the globe.