The following is an excerpt from Delbert’s People of Today where Mr Hughes has been listed since 1994 for his contributions to the arts:
'Studied knitwear design Antwerp 1973 - 1976, founder and knitwear designer of Cachaca (later Liberated Lady) shop, Kings Road, London 1976 - 1979. Sold knitwear business and travelled extensively in Latin America and Africa. Studied and collected ethnic textiles.
Studied textile collections at Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum, Washington Textile Museum and V & A, London, whilst serving an internship handling conservation co-ordination and customer service at Artweave Textile Gallery, New York. In 1980, opened own textile gallery in New York, relocating to San Francisco in 1981.
Founder and proprietor of the Paul Hughes Gallery, London in 1983. Textile exhibitions held at gallery: Pre- Columbian Andean Textile Art, 2000 Years of Andean Textile Art, European Textiles 15th -20th Century, Kuba Raffia Textiles for Zaire, 17th Century English Embroideries, Textiles of Africa and Pre-Columbian and Coptic Textiles.
Travelling exhibitions co-coordinated and curated 1989 - 1996: Pre-Columbian Textile Art (Grasse Austria, 1989 and Milan, Italy, 1991), Tiger Rugs of Tibet (Milan, 1992), African Majesty (Antwerp, Belgium, 1992), Rediscovery of Pre-Columbian textiles (Anwerp, 1993), Time Warps (Sammlung, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Gallerie Asbek, Copenhagen, Le Monde d'Art, Paris, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York all in 1995), Andean Textile Art (Kasmin Gallery, New York & Kohseki, Japan, 1996), Resonance (Gordon Reece Gallery, London, 1998) and Feather Light - Mid-Century Furniture and Andean Feather Textiles (Olympia, London, 1998).
Gilbert and George exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 1993.
Love Art Shanghai 2003. Public sculpture exhibition, Henry Moore, Robert Indiana, Sarah Lucas, Andy Warhol.
China Chair Project, Beijing, Art Basel Miami, 2007.
Most of the above exhibitions have received accolades in reviews from Hali International Textile Magazines to Japan Times.
He has written numerous publications and exhibition catalogues:
"Pre-Columbian Andean Textile Art", Carla Sozzani Editore, Milan, 1991. Gilbert and George, National Museum Bejing. 1993
"Rediscovery of pre-Columbian Textiles", Lamandart Editors, Antwerp, 1994. "Time Warps", Paul Hughes Editor, London, 1995.' Publication.
“Love Art” Zendai Group in collaboration with Shanghai TV
Times Warps, Hauser and Wirth 1995.
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