George HughesGeorge Hughes
George Hughes (also known as Afedzi) was born and raised in Ghana. He grew up in four major cities in Ghana: Accra, Sekondi-Takoradi, Kumasi, and Cape Coast.
George studied painting at The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, College of Art from 1985 – 1991 where he earned a BA in Art specializing in Painting and Drawing and also an MA in Art Education. He also earned an MFA in Painting from Bowling Green State University 2001.
From 1991 to 1993 while living in London, George washed dishes by day and painted at dawn. He moved to the United States in 1994 after a major solo exhibition of his London works were exhibited in Accra, Ghana at The Artists Alliance Gallery.
Since moving to The United States, George has continued to make art and exhibit alongside teaching art at several tertiary institutions. He has taught art at The University of Toledo (1997-2001), Bowling Green State University (1999-2000) and The University of Oklahoma (2001-2006). He is now a Visual Studies professor at The State University of New York at Buffalo.
George’s work involves painting, assemblage, and performance art. Recent works deal with social predation in relation to the paradox of life, decadence and the comedy of man’s futility to conquer nature.
Tribal art, historical events, cultural dynamics and personal experiences have been of great influence on current work. He is inspired by the drama revealed in human activity and the confrontation between humanity and the environment. The mystical qualities of traditional African art and ritual have informed his work. He also samples from Western culture by setting his experiences against his African heritage.
George’s work has been shown extensively at the following places: Mabee Gerer Museum, Shawnee, OK; Livingston Gallery, The Hague; Galerie Xenios, Frankfurt am Main; Artooteek Zuidoost, Amsterdam; Museum voor Zuid, Goes; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH; Gemeente Museum, The Hague; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngston; Schlot Jazz Club, Berlin; Artists Alliance Gallery, Ghana; The Loom Gallery, Ghana, and several other locations.
George is represented in Germany, Luxemburg, Austria, and Switzerland by Artco based in Herzogenrath, Germany. In Ghana he is represented by Artists Alliance Gallery.