University at Buffalo
Department of

Art

Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

George Afedzi Hughes

Associate Professor

Painting

Email: gohughes@buffalo.edu
Web: gohughes.com

George Afedzi Hughes studied painting at The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, College of Art (1985–1991) where he earned a BA in Painting and Drawing and an MA in Art Education. He later received his MFA in Painting from Bowling Green State University(2001). George relocated to the United States in 1994.

George’s work involves painting and performance art, utilizing the turbulence of colonialism as a premise to highlight parallels between that violent history and contemporary global conflicts. His projects interpret in visual form the spectacle of information, knowledge and subjectivity. In addition he investigates the evolution of postcolonial reconciliation expounded through imagery pertaining to multicultural societies dealing with the residual effects of colonialism by addressing the dialog between personal and historical narratives.

The objective of his two-dimensional work is to heighten awareness of the uncomfortable existence of human atrocities and to blur distinctions between the familiar and the novel and between conflict and resolution. His performance art evokes allegorical spectacles through interdisciplinary media, incorporating body art, music/sound, costumes and ritual, with the intent of transposing lifelike situations into memorable dramatizations.

George’s work has been shown internationally. His work has been featured in museums and galleries in England, Germany, France, Holland, China, and Ghana. George is represented in Germany by Artco Gallery, in Portugal by Influx Contemporary Gallery, in Ghana by Artists Alliance Gallery and in the USA by Skoto Gallery.

Courses

  • ART 135 Self and Ritual
  • ART 211 Basic Painting
  • ART 212 Painting Processes
  • ART 311 Alternate Painting Strategies
  • ART 312 Individual Painting Explorations
  • ART 411/412 Professional Practices in Painting 1&2
  • ART 316 Cross Cultural Painting/Bricolage

Read course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog-ART.

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