Martin Hughes

I was born and raised in North County Dublin and have worked with my hands since I was a young boy.  I worked with and learned from Artist and Cabinetmaker Jack Devaney, who showed me that every material has the possibility of a second life.

“Waste nothing, then don’t waste it again” was a sign above his door.

I studied painting and drawing with several Artists both in Germany and Ireland and work primarily in the medium of oil and pastel.

I draw inspiration from the environment, with specific focus on my experience and understanding of my surroundings.  I also create Art from recycled wood and metal. I built my own workshop and studio solely from recycled materials and work under the philosophy that we are limited only by our imagination.

For many years I have been involved with several groups of Artists and creative people, and I do a lot of work with mental health projects. I have curated several large-scale Exhibitions and Open Submission Competitions and engage with Public Art Installations and percent for Art schemes in Schools and Colleges.

In 2016 I was awarded the Stephen Scarff Award for contribution to the Community.

The Ballerina Project is a continuation of that of work to bring people together through the creative process.

My work can be found in private collections in Ireland, UK, Germany, America, and New Caledonia.

I can be contacted through my website or Social Media channels as below:

Facebook: Martin Hughes Art

Instagram: Martin Hughes Art

“Art is simply that from within, brought by the Artist, outside”  (Ian Fleming)


Dec 2022:      Boathouse Painters group Show, All Rooms, Skerries

Dec 2022       Dublin Story Grand Slam Finalist, Abbey Theatre

Sept 2022:     Boathouse Painters Plein Air Exhibition, Seamus Ennis Arts Centre

Dec 2021       Boathouse Painters group Show, All Rooms, Skerries

Dec 2020:      North Fingal Art Group Show, All Rooms, Skerries

Aug 2019:      Dublin Story Slam Finalist, Sugar Club 

June 2019:     Balbriggan Art Trail Group Show

May 2018:      Percent for Art Scheme, Fingal Community College Swords

April 2017      Artists Rest Workshop Open Submission Competition, Skerries (Director)

Dec 2017        Dublin Story Grand Slam Finalist, Abbey Theatre

Nov 2016        Stephen Scarff award for Service to Community and Arts 

Sept 2016       Skerries Art Waves Festival, Group Show

Aug 2016        Creative Arts Group Show, Dublin

May 2016        Signal Arts Centre Group show Bray, Co. Wicklow

May 2016        The FACE of Fingal (Fingal Artists Creative Expo) 2nd Group show (Director, Exhibitor)

April 2016        “Waste Not Want Not” Exhibition of recycled material, Balbriggan

Dec 2015         Artists Rest Workshop Open Submission Competition, Balrothery Heritage Centre (Director)  

Aug 2015         “The Story So Far II”   Solo Exhibition, Skerries Mills

July 2015           Empire Arts Group Show, Swords, Co Dublin

March 2015      The FACE of Fingal (Fingal Artists Creative Expo) 1st Group show (Director, Exhibitor)

Dec 2014           “Upstairs @Seasons” Two Person Show with Artist Ingrid Dunne, Skerries

Nov 2014           Balbriggan Art Trail, Group Show

Oct 2014            Percent for Art scheme Gaelscoil Balbriggan

April 2014          Skerries Mills Craft Exhibition

Jan 2013             Bike Art Exhibition, Artists Rest Workshop

Oct 2010            Woodturners Exhibition Guild Hall, Navan

Sept 1991           “The Story So Far” Solo Exhibition, Artists Rest Workshop

July 1989             Kunst! Art Show Frankfurt

March 1989        Wood Technology Exhibition (FAHS) Frankfurt

July 1988             Die Junge Art Fair, Berlin

Aug 1987            Bildende KünsteSchule Exhibition Frankfurt



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