Thursday, June 30, 2016

David Hockney Portraits at the RA, London

David with his life long friend & muse, designer Celia Birtwell
     "82 Portraits and 1 Still Life" at the Royal Academy of Art- "So many friends," David said, "who are all here tonight."
David and his great pal Bing McGilvrey, visiting from Boston

David with friends and staff from the RA, Amanda Quinn (right)
My daughter, Chloe McHugh with David and her portrait.
Entering the Gallery - JP - Joan Quinn and Chloe McHugh
Jim McHugh David Hockney photo archives

My portrait, what a lifetime experience, each portrait was a 3 day session.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

AFTERMATH at the Robert Graham Studios

 L to R Jim McHugh, Angela Fujita, Gajin Fujita and Big Sleeps planning Aftermath - painting by Prime.

55" x 44" Innova canvas print of Prime, using Impossible Project color 8x10 instant film

Defer and Heaven

-an exhibition of works by Robert Graham, Jim McHugh, Gajin Fujita, Alex Kizu aka “Defer”, Juan Carlos Munoz  aka “Heaven”, Joe Reza aka “Prime”, and Big Sleeps.

(right) Robert Graham, 1992 on vintage Type 55 Polaroid film
(left) Steven Graham, 2016,  curator of AFTERMATH, on The New55 Film

Robert and his son, Steven, are photographed at the same age by Jim McHugh

In the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, many the City felt the need to DO SOMETHING.  Robert Graham, a sculptor who lived and worked in Venice, was one, and he had a thought.  What if I teach some youth, to redirect all that energy to something creative and productive?  Teach them the art of making multiples and casting in bronze?   At the time, Robert Graham was an artist trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and he proposed set up a foundry workshop, and hire, pay and teach a group of at-risk youth to produce a series of small bronze work to be sold to raise money for the museum.  The resulting work became known as the MOCA TORSO (1992-95), and over the three-year period, the studio produced over 3500 individual works, and it remains one of the most iconic works by the artist, who passed away in 2008.  

Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez "Heaven" photographed on Impossible Project 8x10 film by Jim McHugh
This exhibition, AFTERMATH, brings together, works by Robert Graham, Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez, Gajin Fujita, Alex Kizu aka “Defer”, Joe Reza aka “Prime”, and Big Sleeps, along with Jim McHugh's large format portraits of the above mentioned artists on Impossible Project film. Also on display are McHugh's photographs of Robert Graham’s MOCA Torso project in 1992 that were published in numerous magazines.

Big Sleeps
Juan Carlos Munoz "Heaven"

The exhibition runs through April 29, 2016 as part of the Month of Photography Los Angeles.
Robert Graham Studio Gallery 
5856 Adams Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232.   
(310) 399-5374

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Downtown LA: The Container Yard's first Art Show

The Container Yard © 2015 Jim McHugh
The Container Yard, LA's ground zero for graffiti artists, muralists and historians of  graffiti lettering, is celebrating their second anniversary by hosting their first real Art Show, which opens tonight, Feb. 27.  Art Show is curated by Vyal Reyes, artist and creator of the magnificent Wall of Eyes featured above. For their first public exhibition, Vyal was tasked with selecting a handful of new works from a variety of  Los Angeles street artists and photographers who have collaborated and contributed to the evolution of the space over the past two years.   
Artist and curator of Art Show, Vyal Reyes Impossible - Project 8x10 Instant Film 
© 2015 Jim McHugh
ART SHOW, the exhibition, offers a rare opportunity to glimpse behind the graffiti painted walls of TCY, to see the work of my good friends, artists Prime, Heaven, ShanduOne and many others. For me it's exciting to be a part of this diverse LA artistic undertaking, but what is far more satisfying personally is seeing this art work so justifiably honored. To anyone in LA or visiting, please give yourself a gift, see this show.    @thecontaineryard   #ARTSHOWTCY

(from top to bottom) Installation views of new works by Prime, Heaven, Sek, and photographs by Jim McHugh All imagery © Jim McHugh

Opening tonight, Saturday Feb. 27 - 7/11PM... probably up for a month, its just that kinda dope place, Dawg.

800 East 4th St. 4th and Alameda entrance on Seaton St.

Check our this recent write up on Polaroid's blog about Art Show and Jim McHugh!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Jim McHugh's Portraits of Famous People and Familiar Places | Los Angeles | Artbound | KCET

KCRW Link Liz Ohanesian
Artist Patssi Valdez in Los Angeles © 2001 Jim McHugh
Jim McHugh's Portraits of Famous People and Familiar Places | Los Angeles | Artbound | KCET

Norms Restaurant © 2001Jim McHugh

David Hockney Hollywood Hills © 1984 Jim McHugh

The Bryson Apts. Los Angeles © 1997 Jim McHugh

Monday, October 26, 2015

Artists Portraits Museum Exhibition

ESMoA: Artist Portraits by photographer 
Jim McHugh 
with original artworks by the artists.

Experience 19: TOUCH
  October 11, 2015 | Jan. 31, 2016 - 

Curated by Edward Goldman

Main hall at the El Segundo Museum of Art, four decades of artists portraits by Jim McHugh with original artworks by the artists. Sculptures by Peter Shelton and Allison Saar.

Installing one of the larger  portraits on canvas, a 5x7 foot image of German artist Thomas Demand. Innova Archival Mat canvas  gives a visual feel more like paper. Allison Saar's canvas print was the first use of this material and very quickly many more were printed. 

A 25 x 25 foot photograph of The Bryson Apts. in Los Angeles fills one whole wall of the exhibit. From a Type 55 Polaroid

Left to Right KCRW's Edward Goldman, Jim McHugh and ESMoA Director Bernhard Zuenkeler with David Hockney's 2005 painting "The Photographer and His Daughter. "

Thomas Demand photographed with a Deardorff 8x10 camera and Impossible Project 8x10 Instant Film

Above: Artworks by Ed Ruscha, Mike Kelley, Michael McMillen, John Baldessari, Mary Corse and John Nava

Thank you to those who contributed to the production of this exhibition