Raised near Detroit, Christine Hughes currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley, after relocating from NYC where she lived and exhibited for over 21 years. She received her BFA from Wayne State University.
First influenced by the Cass Corridor Movement, which grew out of crumbling, post-industrial Detroit, Christine is known for her work with compost and fragments from nature. She gathers handfuls of organic material and “casts” it upon a work surface. From this random composition she finds an energy and structure which informs her drawings and paintings.
Her drawings are a straightforward exploration of form and relationship. Rendered in pencil or ink, they have a fluid rhythm wedded with complexity.
In her paintings in enamel and oil, Hughes works with a muted palette creating a plastic rather non-organic feeling. By further abstracting these forms from nature she creates a complex tangle of imagery structured with movement and balance, intersection and overlap.
Hughes has exhibited in over 29 shows in NYC, 17 upstate and 15 in Detroit.
She was granted a residency at The Millay Colony and returned to exhibit there the following year.
Her work is in 30 private collections, many collections with multiple pieces.
She received the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2022.