“Through my paintings I attempt to create an inherent language of emotion, truth, lies, and common experiences that will inevitably lead the viewer to personal reflection and a better understanding of self. I utilize this language as a means to elucidate my demons forcing me to come face to face with my own folly of self. The symbolic nature of the elements helps to weave a deeper understanding of cultural influences that are not only self-relevant but also viewer-relevant.”

My Story

An accomplished writer, artist and designer, Matt’s work has been shown in galleries throughout the world, and featured in numerous publications such as: Art Scene International, Dark Realms Magazine, Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Magical Blend Magazine, White Wolf Publishing, Heavy Metal Magazine, Mystique Magazine, and Wizard Magazine.  In addition, several collaborative publications have showcased his work, including Spectrum, Masters of Fantasy, How to Draw and Paint Fairies, Anatomy for Fantasy Artists and Creative Minds. In 2004, Matt’s illustration, “Boudicca”, appeared on the cover of a greeting card set given to the Lord of the Rings cast and crew at an After Oscar Party, and in that same year, he was honored as a Gallery Winner in the Society of Illustrators, LA art competition. In 2007 Matt was honored with Best in Show Award at DragonCon Convention and took the role of Art Show Judge the following year. 

 

Ingeniously blending the romantic aesthetic beauty of Art Nouveau with the dark concepts of Gothic art, painter Matt Hughes is best known for giving rise to Gothic Art Nouveau, a new art movement that’s redefining the relationship between viewer and subject, entwining both into an intimate rendezvous, sharing dark and ethereal realms immersed in religion and mythology, death and spirituality, human nature and inherent evil, ultimately leaving the viewer with a profundity of self-reflection and introspection.

 

Matt’s first book, “Metamorphosis – The Art of Matt Hughes”, published in 2005 by MG Publishing/SQP, sold over 23,000 copies internationally.  He soon followed in 2008 by publishing his second collective works, “Ethereal Visions – The Art of Matt Hughes”. Both are available for purchase through the artist. Matt is currently working on the development of two more self published books – one a collection of his most recent work and a collection of his writing.

 

Matt currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and muse.

Published Work & Exhibits

2015

Gothic Art Nouveau - The Art of Matt Hughes Book

48 page art book which included full color paintings, a bio, and a step-by-step instruction.

Published by SQP

 

Oracle 20/20 May issue

Cover

 

2014

Oracle 20/20 May issue

Featured Artist, Interview and Cover

 

Catapult Magazine issue 29

Featured Artist, Interview and examples of written work

 

Land of a Thousand Hills Solo Exhibit for January

Portraiture Work of Matt Hughes

 

2013

Tosca, Faust, and The Barber of Seville Atlanta Opera Posters

 

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David C Meredith

Cover illustration "Ophelia"

 

Terrible Darkness Published by Atelier Third

5 works included

 

2012

“Sacrilege” Group Art Show

Congregation Gallery, Hollywood, CA

 

Art Nouveau MagazineMarch Spotlight

 

Catapult Magazine #8

Spotlight Artist

 

Catapult Magazine #13

First article written by Matt Hughes

 

2011

Damned Exhibition October

 

Things That Go Bump In The Night Gallery Show

Gallery Provocateur, Chicago

 

Frank Frazetta Tribute Show

Gallery Provocateur, Chicago

 

The ArtTrader Magazine Issue 13

Interview and spotlight 

 

2010

Heliogabalus Cover Art

Uitgeverij Bert Bakker Publishing

 

POWERS cover art

Prime Publications

 

2009

Yareah Magazine Issue 13

Spotlight Artist

 

Yareah Magazine Issue 11

Spotlight Artists Interview page 26

 

International Art Magazine August Issue 86

Spotlight on “The Art of Dying”

 

Art Nouveau Magazine

Spotlight Artist

 

Interview with Dale KruegerDale’s Artist Links Excellence

 

DragonCon Art Show

Show Judge

 

2008

Erotic Fantasy ArtILEX Publishing.

“Becoming” pg. 75, “Zpheru’s Gate” pg. 100

 

DragonCon Art Show

Awarded “Best In Show”

 

2007

Tori Amos RAINN Calendar

Month of July

 

Griffin’s Daughter Cover Illustration

Avari Press, Cover art. Leslie Ann Moore author

 

2006

Golden Gryphon Publishing Wrap around cover illustration for the book “Harvest of Changelings”

 

Spectrum 13 The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art - October

”Contemplation of Summer”

 

Z-Man Games, Inc.

5 card Illustrations for card game

 

Art Scene International Magazine

July tutorial Artist

 

Masters of Fantasy III CD - May Epilogue

 

2005

White Wolf Publications, Inc.

7 Black and White book illustrations for the Ordo Dracul book – November

 

How To Draw and Paint Fairies - October

Watson-Guptill Publications “Kindred”

 

Fantastyka Magazine #10 - October

Cover illustration and 2 interior illustrations

 

Black Gate Magazine #9 - October

Cover Illustration

 

Spectrum 12 The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art - October

”Judge Not Thy Neighbor…”

 

Art Scene International Magazine

July Featured Artist

 

Dark Realms Magazine July

Featured Artist Monolith Graphics

 

Anatomy For Fantasy Artists Quarto Publishing

“Kindred” 

 

Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine June 2005

Cover Illustration

 

2004

Masters of Fantasy 2005 CD - October Epilogue

 

ArtWanted.com Featured artist – Compilation book “Creative Minds”

 

White Wolf Publications, Inc.

12 Black and White book illustrations for the Rites of the Dragon book.

 

Z-Man Games, Inc.

Card Illustration for the “Shadowfist” game

 

Alternative Games Inc.

Manual Illustration for the “Guardians of Har” game

 

Realms of Fantasy June

Cover illustration

 

Realms of Fantasy August 

editorial illustration

 

Realms of Fantasy October

editorial illustration

 

Legen Beltza

CD Album cover December 2004

 

Tree Free Cards

8 images to appear on greeting cards worldwide

 

Wireless Developer 

20 images to appear on wireless phone screens worldwide

 

Prints and the Pauper

8 images printed in both 8.5″ x 11″ and 11″ x 14″ Image Boudicca appears in greeting card set given to the cast and crew of Lord of the Rings at the After Oscar Party

 

2003

Spectrum 10 The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art - October

”Kindred”, ”Arachne”

 

Magical Blend Magazine

Spring Issue Article “Everyday Magic”

 

Dreamweaver Studios 

8 images printed as limited edition posters

 

2002 

Metamorphosis - The Art of Matt Hughes Collection

 

Corporate Knights Magazine

Cover Illustration

All images Copyright © 2020 Matt Hughes
 

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