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Des Hughes, ‘Never Try Never Fail’, 2015
Des Hughes
Never Try Never Fail, 2015
Antique embroidery with cotton silk cross stitch on linen
85 x 85 cm
33½ x 33½ in

British artist Des Hughes combines writing and motifs in his embroidery works to create humorous and enigmatic pieces. Subversive and light-footed, they are reminiscent of the aphorisms of past generations that so essentially shaped the bourgeois self-image, yet deal with the hardships and entanglements of contemporary life. Ingeniously, the embroideries of Des Hughes evoke the repressed and the work ethic of contemporary life with its promise of transparency, as expressed in his eponymous work Never Try Never Fail.
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Des Hughes, ‘Statues & Ornaments’, 2017
Des Hughes
Statues & Ornaments, 2017
Cotton cross-stitch on linen
35 x 26 cm
13¾ x 10¼ in
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Des Hughes, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2021
Des Hughes
Installation view
Buchmann Box
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Des Hughes, ‘Animal Vegetable’, 2018
Des Hughes
Animal Vegetable, 2018
Cotton cross-stitch on linen
51 x 57,5 cm
20 x 22¾ in
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Des Hughes, ‘Turn Turn Turn’, 2016
Des Hughes
Turn Turn Turn, 2016
Cotton cross-stitch on linen
87 x 38 cm
34¼ x 15
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Des Hughes, ‘Airmail’, 2018
Des Hughes
Airmail, 2018
Cotton cross-stitch on dyed linen
20 x 30 cm
7¾ x 11¾ in
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Des Hughes, ‘Crooked Airmail’, 2018
Des Hughes
Crooked Airmail, 2018
Cotton cross-stitch on dyed linen
37 x 49 cm
14½ x 19¼ in
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Anna & Bernhard Blume, Des Hughes, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2021
Anna & Bernhard Blume
Des Hughes
Installation view
Buchmann Box
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Anna & Bernhard Blume, Des Hughes, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2021
Anna & Bernhard Blume
Des Hughes
Installation view
Buchmann Box
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Des Hughes, ‘Rust never sleeps’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2013
Des Hughes
Rust never sleeps, 2013
Installation view
Buchmann Box
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Des Hughes, ‘Rust never sleeps (detail)’, 2013
Des Hughes
Rust never sleeps (detail), 2013
Glasfaser, Textilien, Eisenpulver / fibreglass, fabrics, iron powder
199 (h) x 216 x 83 cm
78 1/4 x 90 x 32 1/2 in
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Des Hughes, ‘Untitled’, 2011
Des Hughes
Untitled, 2011
Aquarell und Tusche auf Papier
76,5 x 57 cm
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Des Hughes, ‘Don't interrupt the sorrow’, 2013
Des Hughes
Don't interrupt the sorrow, 2013
Glasfaser, Eisenpulver, Gips / fibreglass, iron powder, plaster
55 (h) x 20 x 20 cm
21 3/4 x 8 x in
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Des Hughes, ‘Stinkeye’, 2013
Des Hughes
Stinkeye, 2013
Glasfaser, Eisenpulver, Stahl, Jute / fibreglass, iron powder, steel, scrim
55 (h) x 20 x 20 cm
21 3/4 x 8 x 8 in
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Des Hughes, ‘Rust never sleeps’, Installation view, Buchmann Galerie, 2013
Des Hughes
Rust never sleeps, 2013
Installation view
Buchmann Box
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Des Hughes, ‘Sweet Heart’, 2013
Des Hughes
Sweet Heart, 2013
Glasfaser, Eisenpulver, Gips / fibreglass, iron powder, plaster
55 (h) x 20 x 20 cm
21 3/4 x 8 x 8 in
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Des Hughes, ‘Mars Black’, 2012
Des Hughes
Mars Black, 2012
Aquarell auf Papier
76,5 x 56 cm
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Des Hughes, ‘Waiting for the Miracle’, 2013
Des Hughes
Waiting for the Miracle, 2013
Polyester, Glasfaser, Marmorstaub / polyester resin, fibreglass, marble powder
27 (h) x 48 x 36 cm
10½ x 19 x 14 in
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Des Hughes, ‘Razzle’, 2013
Des Hughes
Razzle, 2013
Glasfaser, Eisenpulver, Nylonseil / fibreglass, iron powder, nylon string
25 (h) x 53 x 35 cm
9 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 13 3/4 in
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Des Hughes, ‘Untitled’, 2011
Des Hughes
Untitled, 2011
Aquarell und Tusche auf Papier
57 x 76,5 cm