Threads to Abstraction: the Pre-Columbian Andean Textiles
Founded in 1983 by Paul Hughes, Paul Hughes Fine Arts focuses on the arts of the ancient Andes, documenting the rich cohesive effect they had on society’s then and the confluences brought about by the interweaving of art disciplines over 3000 years.
“All arts was once contemporary,” these textiles have been collected and admired by many important artists such as Anni and Josef Albers, which have greatly influenced 20th/21st century artistic and aesthetic developments. The affinities between ancient and modern art practice are a visual celebration of our common humanity, creating a kinship with these ancient splendorous achievements and our own arts of recent times. In light of this, our programs focus on the elaboration of a cohesive arts history, and aspire to stimulating conversations between ancient and modern arts.
Paul Hughes Fine Arts also consults for private collections and public cultural projects.
- 1973 – 1976: Studied knitwear design, Antwerp
- 1976 – 1979: Founder and knitwear designer of Cachaca (later Liberated Lady) shop, Kings Road, London
- 1979 – 1980: Sold knitwear business and travelled extensively in Latin America and Africa; Studied and collected ethnic textiles.
- 1980, opened his own textile gallery in New York, relocating to San Francisco in 1981.
- 1980 – 1983: Studied textile collections at Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum, Washington Textile Museum and V & A, London, whilst served an internship handling conservation co-ordination and customer service at Artweave Textile Gallery, New York.
- 1983 - 1996: Founder and proprietor of the Paul Hughes Gallery, London, specializing in Andean Pre-Columbian textiles and Japanese design
- 1993 – Onwards: Organised several cultural projects and consultant works for Chinese cultural institutions
Paul Hughes Fine Arts
Projects and Exhibitions History, 1989 – 1996:
- Pre- Columbian Andean Textile Art, 2'000 Years of Andean Textile Art
- European Textiles 15th -20th Century
- Kuba Raffia Textiles for Zaire
- 17th Century English Embroideries
- Textiles of Africa and Pre-Columbian and Coptic Textiles
- All held at Paul Hughes Gallery, London
Exhibitions co-coordinated and curated, 1989 - present:
- Pre-Columbian Textile Art (Graz Austria, 1989)
- Pre-Columbian Textile Art(Milan, Italy, 1991)
- Tiger Rugs of Tibet (Milan, 1992)
- African Majesty (Antwerp, Belgium, 1992)
- Gilbert and George exhibition, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 1993
- Rediscovery of Pre-Columbian textiles (Anwerp, 1993)
- Time Warps (Sammlung, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Gallerie Asbek
- Copenhagen, Le Monde d'Art, Paris, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York all in 1995)
- Andean Textile Art (Kasmin Gallery, New York & Kohseki, Japan, 1996)
- Resonance (Gordon Reece Gallery, London, 1998)
- Feather Light - Mid-Century Furniture and Andean Feather Textiles (Olympia, London, 1998)
- Love Art Shanghai 2003 (Public sculpture exhibition, Henry Moore, Robert Indiana, Sarah Lucas, Andy Warhol)
- China Chair Project, Beijing, Art Basel Miami, 2007
- Frieze Masters (2017)
- Southern Geometries: from Mexico to Patagonia (Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, 2018)
- Frieze Masters (2018)
Publications and Exhibition Catalogues:
- Hughes, Paul. Pre-colombian Andean Textile Art: Ancient Andean Textile Art, 1200 Bc - 1500 Ad . Milano: Carla Sozzani, 1991. Print
- Gilbert & George. 1993. Gilbert & George: China exhibition 1993. [London]: Gilbert & George
- " Hughes, Paul. Time Warps: Ancient Andean Textiles . London: Fine Textile Art, 1995. Print
- Rediscovery of pre-Columbian Textiles", Lamandart Editors, Antwerp, 1994. Hughes, Paul. 1995. Time warps: ancient Andean textiles. London: Fine Textile Art
- “Love Art” Zendai Group in collaboration with Shanghai TV. 2003
Paul Hughes Fine Arts had also been entrusted with the estate of Shiro Kuramata which we have handled exclusively from 1988 – 1998.