Martin Hughes Exhibition at the Winds of Change Gallery, Winchcombe

Martin Hughes

Martin Hughes - Credit: Archant

A rare opportunity to enjoy work by Cheltenham artist, Martin Hughes can be seen at the Retrospective Exhibition, Winds of Change Gallery in Winchcombe from the 13-20 February

Some of Martin Hughes' work

Some of Martin Hughes' work - Credit: Archant

Artist Martin Hughes, lived in Cheltenham for most of his life and in the 70’s and 80’s, he combined commissions creating the album cover for Traffic’s ‘When the Eagle flies’ whilst also producing a series of murals for churches throughout England.

Martin was diagnosed with lymphoma in March 2015 and sadly died at the end of June. Proceeds of sales from his exhibition in Winchcombe will be donated to Sue Ryder, Leckhampton Court.

Some of Martin Hughes' work

Some of Martin Hughes' work - Credit: Archant

His daughter Naomi Hughes, fondly remembers him as ‘a free spirit’.

“Murals were his thing and walls were his canvas” says Naomi.

“He always came up with very expressive, original, imaginative and colourful solutions”.

Commissions in recent years varied from shops and restaurants to hair salons and night clubs, as well as fresco and paint effects in people’s homes. Many characters in his work are fictional fantasy figures – mystic and ethereal, conjured up from Greek mythology or perhaps Shakespeare’s plays. These influences are captured in some of the images in the exhibition together with his riotous use of colour.

Martin worked in many different mediums, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pen and ink, even emulsion.

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“Basically whatever he could get his hands on” says Naomi.

“Many of his works of art on Show at Winds of Change Gallery were ideas for future (or existing) projects. He was infinitely inventive and always thinking about his next creation”

Further information from Jane at Winds of Change Gallery, Winchcombe, email:

Tel 01242 603836