Systematic Constructivist artist, draughtsman, painter and teacher, born in Manchester. From 1938–9 he attended the College of Art there, then Royal College of Art in 1946–50. He taught part-time initially at Bath Academy of Art, where he remained 1960–70. From 1966–70 taught at Chelsea College of Art, from 1968–82 at Slade School of Fine Art, becoming emeritus reader in fine art at University of London. In 1969 Hughes was co-founder of the Systems Group. Hughes had his first one-man show at ICA in 1965. Among the group shows he contributed to were Four Artists: Reliefs, Constructions and Drawings, at Victoria & Albert Museum in 1971; Basically White at ICA in 1974; and British Art in the 60s, Tate Gallery in 1977; he also appeared in many overseas group shows; and in The Non-Objective World Revisited at Annely Juda Fine Art in 1988.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)