Paul Hughes: turning darkness into light

In his youth, artist Paul Hughes wanted to score the winning goal in the FA Cup Final – and never imagined he’d end up with a paint-spattered head while working out of a former pig barn

5th January, 2020
Paul Hughes: turning darkness into light
Paul Hughes: ‘This place gives me complete permission to be chaotic’. Picture: Fergal Phillips

There’s an irregular gap in the corrugated iron that might be a door handle. A squint through it, and a capacious barn, busy with random objects, textures and large-scale canvasses, opens up. At its centre is a tall man rocking overalls and a paint-spattered head. Paul Hughes, the artist, will see you now.

So, where are we? “We are down a laneway in Blackrock in what was a pig barn, a long time...

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