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Great Spirit

Hughes, Joseph

Great Spirit

acrylic on canvas

2003 Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Frederick H. Morgan

Throughout his career, Joseph Hughes has explored the fundamental essence of painting. He focuses on the physical, psychological and spiritual content of color. Born in Moundsville, West Virginia, Hughes moved to San Francisco in 1967 and has been a major figure in the West Coast Color Painting movement. Hughes applies up to sixteen layers of complimentary color glazes onto the canvas to produce large rectangular or square fields of atmospheric color that suggest vast spaces, moods, and times of day.