Manuel Hughes, b. 1938 in Arkansas, is a figurative and geometric abstraction painter. Manuel Hughes earned a BA and an MFA in fine art from the University of of Missouri. Hughes taught at Pratt Institute's School of Design for more than three decades.
For over 30 years, Manuel Hughes has focused on painting household objects, which he has collected over the years. He emphasizes the details of the objects and the formal relationships between the pieces in each arrangement. From draped fabrics to antique cans, toys, instruments and boxes, his straightforward portrayal of ordinary and mundane items set against a nondescript background ask the viewer to share in the pleasure he takes in each quirky and unique form.
His paintings are in the collections of several museums including the Whitney Museum of American, the Newark Museum, the Everson Museum, the High Museum, the Studio Museum of Harlem and the City Art Museum of St. Louis. His work was represented by Hubert Gallery and O.K. Harris in New York and is currently represented by Hammond Harkins Gallery in Ohio and Martha’s Vineyard.