1/150 Artists for Canada’s 150th


Coastal Boats Near Sidney, BC, 1948

E.J. Hughes, Coastal Boats Near Sidney, BC, 1948


The late E.J. Hughes, a renowned British Columbia coastal artist, is the first entry in a series running on Canadian Art Junkie this year.  The 150th Anniversary of Canada’s founding has triggered hundreds of celebrations, and some fascinating upcoming exhibitions.

Canadian Art Junkie already features many of the country’s revered artists. But 2017 is the perfect time to highlight more. This is the first of the upcoming 150 posts about a Canadian artist you should know.

Artist No. 1/150

1949 painting The Post Office at Courtenay, BC, sold for $1.593 million at the Heffel auction

The Post Office at Courtenay, BC,1949. Sold for record $1.593 million, 2016

E.J. Hughes (1913 – 2007) developed a West Coast stylized realism that earned him a unique place in the history of Canadian art. His work from the 1930s to 2000 focused on the evocative symbols of British Columbia life – ferries crossing the Georgia Straight, picturesque fishing villages, farm houses and imposing coastal mountains.

Taylor Bay, Gabriola Island, 952

Taylor Bay, Gabriola Island, 1952

“Nature is so wonderful.  I feel that when I’m doing my painting that it is a form of worship.” – Edward John Hughes

Departure from Nanaimo, 1964

Departure from Nanaimo, 1964

Harbour Scene, Nanaimo, BC, 1970

Harbour Scene, Nanaimo, BC, 1970

The Vancouver Art Gallery has the most extensive holding of Hughes’ work in public hands and mounted a major retrospective in 2003.

E.J. Hughes, biography and works in the National Gallery of Canada, here.

On the Canadian Art History Archive, here.

At the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, here (type Hughes into the search box)


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