Christopher McHugh

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Brief description: Christopher McHugh - Artist Profile and Information

Location: Gateshead, UK

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Email: contact@ginkofineart.com

Website: http://www.ginkofineart.com / www.livingfossils.co.uk

More artists images: http://www.aa2a.org/artists/christopher_mchugh

About me:

Christopher McHugh - Living Fossils


I am an artist based in Gateshead in the North East of England. I create etchings, collagraphs and mixed media work and am inspired by my background in archaeology as much as by my time spent living in Japan. My art is concerned with the passage of time and its imprint on the material world. In my print work, I tend to blend found objects, photography and everyday imagery in order to create  printed collages. I am also interested in the idea of incorporating printmaking with sculptural work and have been investigating the casting of prints in resin and the use of unusual ways of displaying work in a 3-dimensional manner, including printing on glass and making books. I have exhibited my work widely in the UK and Japan.


My work explores the concept of preserving lived experiences in material form, as ‘living fossils’. The objects of everyday life in Japan and the UK – train tickets, fish at market – are transformed into modern day relics. I originally trained as an archaeologist, and bring to my work an insight into Japan’s social and material landscape, along with an understanding of the creative impact of chance events.

I am interested in the material traces people leave of their passing through time and space. Something as seemingly mundane as the stain left by a coffee cup on a table, or the stamp made on a train ticket as one passes through the station gates, are as much material records of life as the fossilized footsteps of early humans in African mud, or the remains of a prehistoric settlement. These traces, or ‘fossils’, all have a unique story to tell and a continually developing life of their own. My works tend to begin as collages that blend everyday imagery and ephemera, exploring this no-man’s land where the present becomes the past and the historical record is made. I hope that my ‘fossils’ are imbued with a sense of life, as much as with the passing of something.


I studied archaeology at Durham and Cambridge, and in 2000 was awarded a Daiwa Bursary to carry out a one-year research project at the International Research Centre for Japanese Studies in Kyoto. I continued this study as a Japanese Government Scholar at Kyoto University. I have had numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Japan and the UK. I have recently established a business in the North-East of England selling my own work and promoting artistic exchange between Japan and the UK.

Christopher McHugh at Northern Print, Photo Keith Pattison 2006

Christopher McHugh - CV


02/06 - Intermediate Kiln Glass, Printing on Glass, National Glass Centre, University of   Sunderland

09/05 - Gleaming Bright Businesses, Durham Business School

07/05 - National Council For Graduate Entrepreneurship, Flying Start entrepreneurship programme

01-07/05 - GLEAM entrepreneurship programme, Durham Business School

12/03 - Association of International Education, Japan Japanese Proficiency Test Level 2

10/01-03/03 - Japanese Government Research Scholar, Kyoto University, Japan

10/00-10/01 - Research Student, Graduate University for Advanced Studies, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan, funded by Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Bursary

10/99-08/00 - Clare Hall, University of Cambridge M.Phil. World Archaeology

10/95-07/98 - Van Mildert College,  Durham University

- BA (Hons)  Archaeology (First Class)

- (CHEVA) Certificate of Higher Education in Visual Arts, School of Education,  Durham University

09/94-05/95 - Newcastle College, B.T.E.C Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design

Art and Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

06/09 - Pulse trade show, Earl's Court, London

05/09 - Printfest, Ulverston

03/09 - Shoal, UAPS Gallery, Osaka, Japan

 03-05/05 - Living Fossils, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London

10/05 - AW4E, Solo Show, Triads, Middlesbrough

4/04 - Etchings and mixed media work, Gallery Circus Circus, Kobe, Japan

3/02 - Solo show, Legato Gallery, Kobe, Japan 12/02, 3/03 Installation, Battery Café, Kobe, Japan

Group exhibitions

06-07/06 - Book Art 2006, UAPS, Chez D’Ouvre, Galeria Cero, Osaka, Japan

02/06 - Puzzle Project, UAPS, Osaka, Japan

04-06/05 - Water and Light, group show, Fusion Gallery, Customs House, South Shields

01/05 - Fusion 2, Art and Food, group show, Skydeck Gallery, Newcastle curated by Musa Fine Art

11/04 - 2nd Spoon and Toothpick exhibition, various venues, Tokyo, Japan

10/04 - Group show, Arts Council Newcastle, Newcastle, curated by FiFieFoFum Gallery

7/04- Two-person show, Accostage Gallery, Takamatsu, Japan

6-12/03 - Anglo-Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition (nine venues in Japan)

6-7/01, 02 - Artist in Residence, Sumiso Gallery, Osaka, Japan

2/02 - Group Show, Osaka City Art Museum, Osaka, Japan

7/01 - Group Show, Kurashiki City Art Museum, Kurashiki, Japan


2006 - present Member, North East Chamber of Commerce

1999 - present Member, Northern Print Studio, UK

Showcase events

06/05 - Genesis Foundation showcase event, Royal Opera House, London

11/04 - Prince’s Trust & Arts Council Showcase exhibition, Shotton Hall, Peterlee



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Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London 22nd - 25th October, 2009

Christopher McHugh will be exhibiting as a guest artist of fourfour Gallery (stand C1) at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London, 22nd - 25th October, 2009.

If you would like to attend, please contact us and we can send you a pdf invitation. This voucher allows half price entry for up to two people. The discount is valid for day tickets Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 (£6 reduced from £12) and tickets to the Drinks Reception on Thursday 22, 5.30-9.30pm (£10 reduced from £20). On the door purchasing only.

Please see www.affordableartfair.co.uk for directions.

Opening hours: Thursday 11am - 5.30pm, Friday - Sunday 11am - 6pm

We also have a limited number of free tickets for the Charity Private View on Wednesday 21st October (5.30 - 9.30pm) and the Drinks Reception on Thursday 22nd October (5.30 - 9.30pm), which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact us for further information. 

The other fourfour exhibitors are Anne Lynch, Julia McNeal, Frances Murray, Jedda Bradley and Pat Hextall.

Hope to see you there!


Ginko to exhibit at Pulse!

Ginko Fine Art will exhibit at Pulse 2009 at Earl's Court, London. On show will be the 'Shoal' basswood fish wall art by Christopher McHugh, tenugui fabrics designed by Christopher McHugh and hand-dyed in Japan and associated fabric products like bags, etc.

Have a look at the Pulse website for more information.

Here is the Ginko Fine Art profile page.

 Ginko at Pulse 2009



Puzzle project comes to the UK!

Started in 2005 in Osaka, the Puzzle Project is taking place again this year in Osaka at Artists Space CERO and in London at the Willesden Green Art Centre. Puzzle Project is managed by Osaka-based artists, Takashi Inaba and Atsushi Takamatsu. The project began in 2005 and it is intended that it should run annually in various venues in Japan and abroad. Ginko Fine Art artist, Christopher McHugh, took part in the 2006 event which was held in Osaka at the two galleries of UniPon2Kau2 and Chef d'Ouvre between February and March, 2006.


The central theme of the project is international exchange and last year's event attracted about 70 artists. Although the majority of these were from Japan and Korea, the USA, UK, Sweden and other countries were also represented. The idea is that the Puzzle should continue to grow and be an ever-evolving piece of art, bringing together a disparate range of artists, working in a variety of media. The 2006 project incorporated printmakers, photographers, calligraphers, painters and sculptors, amongst others.

 This year, the Project will be held in Osaka at Artist Space CERO from 8th until 20th September and will come to the Wall Gallery at the Willesden Green Art Centre, London, from 20th October until 12th November.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us for more details.

Puzzle Project venues

Osaka - Artist Space CERO



Artist Space CERO
Tel/Fax:                06-6538-0077        
※work in progress形式の展覧会

London - Willesden Green Art Centre

19.10.08 - 15.11.08

Opening party:23.10.08

The Wall / The Gallery at Willesden Green
(Willesden Green Library Centre)
The Gallery, Willesden Green Library Centre,
95 High Road, London NW10 2SF



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