Daniel Hughes training is in the school of the nineteenth century classical academies and his interests are in using that formal training, with its emphasis on understanding the human figure, to explore contemporary issues and states of mind. Hughes keeps in mind the psychological narrative that may appear within and between the subjects of his paintings. Often this Psychological component becomes paramount.
Hughes has been exhibiting his work over the past decade throughout Canada and also had solo shows in the United States and London, England. He was included in the Bp portrait prize at the National Gallery of London in 2005 and was also selected for a show in New York juried by Eric Fichl Vincent Desiderio and Jenny Saville. Hughes work has been represented by the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s.