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Sculpture for Dogs

Sculpture for Dogs

Jesmonite, sandstone powder, steel wire

Inner Library

Courtesy the Artist and Ancient & Modern, London


Des Hughes gently subverts conventional ideas about sculpture. Here he has made a sculpture for dogs as if correcting an oversight - dogs are an audience too. He has fashioned human hands, cast in dog biscuits, so the intended canine audience might literally bite the hand that feeds it. This sculpture encourages the visitor to imagine the presence of the 8th Lord Berwick's treasured pet dogs by the hearth. The idea of spoiling the dogs enough to give them their own sculpture emphasises the Berwicks' love of dogs.

Des Hughes

There is deadpan humour and ingenuity in Des Hughes’ work that belies its prosaic source material. The visual dialogue formed between the objects depicted and the materials used in their making have an almost tragicomic leaning. The work is familiar, yet odd: there is always something unexplained about it to keep the viewer intrigued.

Des Hughes studied at Bath College of Art and Goldsmith’s College, London, where he achieved his MA in Fine Art. He currently lives and works in Herefordshire. Recent solo exhibitions include Endless Endless ‘Frame’ at Frieze Art Fair and Small Collections at Nottingham Contemporary in 2010, Richard Hughes and Des Hughes, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles in 2008 and Ancient & Modern, London in 2007. His work has appeared in exhibitions at numerous well-known galleries worldwide, including the Saatchi and Tate Britain galleries in London.