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FOWEY  ARTIST:

' DERRICK  G ? HUGHES'

1925-2003

(20th Century English Artist Fl: 1950 - 1990)

Painter from Fowey, Cornwall

 

British Artist Derrick Hughes

Photo Credit  Cornish Guardian

 

* This is a genuine request for help in gathering information or images of the work of a Cornwall based artist, Derrick Hughes from Fowey.

Seeking Biographical information on the life of a British landscape, portrait and animal artist Derrick Hughes, who worked

and lived in Fowey from the 80's on. (alt: Derek Hughes ) and keen to see examples of his work.

 

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   Derrick Hughes ~ the fine Cornish artist (aka: Derek Hughes) lived and worked from his Georgian terraced house and artist's studio on the Esplanade in Fowey, Cornwall. It was from here that he also tutored and trained many other aspiring Cornish artists to paint in his style.

Simply put, very well indeed.


 If  I am not mistaken, his studio was at number 8, the Espolanade, right next door to a newsagents and now a clothes shop. Or very near to it? But many years have passed since I knew Fowey artist Derick Hughes and visited him there. However I do remember that the the artist's studio was right across the road from an old bakery and that was fairly important to him with his work. But I'll come to that later...

 What the building did have was a central door between two large windows fronting the narrow roadway called the Esplanade. The right hand side being the main studio window with a big shelf. Both windows were covered in shabby old net curtain in front of which stood examples of Derrick Hughe's own paintings perched on the window cills. Carefully positioned gaps in the curtains giving the tourists a tantalising glipse of other pictures in oils standing unfinished on easels in his ramshackle studio, full of all sorts of collected paraphenalia, so typical of the man. Ecclectic he was.

 

 Derek Hughes was an avid auction goer, which is where I first met him, in Lostwithiel, having moved down to the county over 25 years ago.
He was a regular face attending Jeffreys Auction Rooms in Lostwithiel on a Wednesday for their 'General' sale and always keen to buy old pot boiler canvasses and paint sets, for next to nothing of course, as no one else had any interest in them. Frankly, anything arty he could 're-use' later was his.  From old wooden panels, broken boxes, dreadful amateur hour paintings which the ever present 'ring' of regular Jefferys art buyers would not have more than a glance at.

 Life long auctioneer Tom Lugg,  a lovely and knowlegeable man and a very young Ian Morris, then training under his wing as an auctioneer and now managing partner of Jeffrey's, must have known why Fowey artist Derrick Hughes was so keen to buy the stuff others were not ineterested in? Particularly Tom Lugg, who didn't miss a trick and to whom I am endebted for the encouragement he gave me at start of my own diverse career in the art world in authentication. 

But it wasn't until I got to know Derrick Hughes much better that I became a party as to why he was so keen to get hold of old amateur paintings and of any sort. The older and the more battered it seemed, the better for him!

 Now invited into Derek's inner sanctum, he and I we would spend many an hour chatting over cups of tea in his first floor flat window, watching the world go by on the Esplanade below, before a tour of the studio for a review of his latest 'range' of products.

 

   Derrick Hughes reminded me in many ways of  the gentle English art forger, Tom Keating. Not as big a man in stature,  quite slight, almost thin in fact, but equally as quiet as Keating. Mild mannered, intellegent and always very gentlemanly.  But Derek suffered from Parkinson's disease, which he tolerated and accepted but secretly knew that it would take away his active love for painting one day and which finally stopped him driving as his condition deteriorated.  The attendences of the man at Jeffreys in Lostwithiel gradually petered out, that is unless someone took him there. But there were plenty of us Jeffrey's auction goers who would look out for 'suitable' artists items to take round to him in Fowey.

 

 Do a 'Google' search on the talented artist Derrick Hughes today and there is nothing really bar this. And a little blurb I did on him applauding his creative alternative 'talent' and one mention of a few paintings still in the Old Police Sation gallery, the 'Constable Gallery' in Fowey, now seemingly not there. But there is no further record, biography or demonstration of his hand as an artist, which is sad and must be corrected.

Like any artist, he must have produced a thousand......

 

 

* So if you have knowledge, images, or own a Derrick Hughes painting of any variety, do please CONTACT me.

 

 

 

 

 

  Below: Here is Derrick Hughes - 2nd from the right with his friend 'Shella Digby' the Fowey based author.

Image Copyright  Cornish Guardian

 

 

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My thanks for the use of these images with the permission of  the author, Sheila Digby.

 

  Fowey artist Derrick Hughes, illustrated two of  Sheilah Digby's children's books featuring her character, Septimus the Seagull. 

'Septimus comes to town' and 'Septimus to the rescue'

 

 

 

 Derrick Hughe's talent was obvious to all who knew him.

 Never truly recognised as an artist in his own right and given the acclaim or applause he deserved, just like like Tom Keating, he took great pride in creating copious amounts of 'art product'. Ranging from 18th century Naiive English school paintings designed to appear ove a stable door or a farm hous kitchen. Pot bellied pigs were afavourite, sheep, prize bulls and the like, each alluringly painted on old wooden panels and canvasses acquired from Jeffreys. Cleaned off with Cellulose thinners, and creatively worked in the correct style and for convincing effect, aged perfectly in the cooling ovens of the bakery opposite. The deal with its owner being that every now and then, he was gifted a rare 'Hughes' treasure.

 Horses too were a favourite, effected in the style of Stubbs, Sartorious and others. Lots of 'aged' pictures were despatched up north to be sold in lesser auction houses sale rooms. Each arecently discovered treasure from lofts and attics, cellars and sheds, somewhere in darkest Cornwall.

 

 But walk up the staircase to his apartment above the studio and suddenly the real treasures painted by Derrick Hughes appeared. Renoir, Boudin particularly and many a Manet. All the creative genius of Derrick Hughes, the very clever artist from Fowey.

 

 

But where are those paintings now?

 

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Artist Attribution and Authentication Investigations and Research.


David Freeman 2017 


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