Artists Sara Hughes

Sara Hughes

b. 1971 Canada/New Zealand
Lives in Auckland

Sara Hughes is a dynamic painter with a career well established and highly regarded in Australasia. Hughes has exhibited in major public galleries in New Zealand and her paintings and installations are held in many important Australasian public and private collections including the Chartwell Collection; Auckland City Art Gallery; Te Papa Tongarewa; Wellington and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Her work has attracted significant attention winning both the Wallace Art Award and the Norsewear Art Award in 2005.  In 2008 she was the first New Zealand recipient of The RIPE: Art and Australia magazine Art Award and she has been selected to participate in a number of notable residencies including the Francis Hodgkins Fellowship in 2003, the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2007 and the Creative New Zealand Berlin Visual Artists Residency at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in 2008/09. 

Hughes has undertaken a number of high profile public commissions including Magma, 2017 a large 500sqm painting in Auckland, as well as a series of striking outdoor works for the re-opening of Cathedral Square in the centre of Christchurch, 2014-16. Her most recent project was installed in 2019 on all four sides of the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland, it is the largest integrated public art work in New Zealand.

Hughes completed a BFA and a MFA in painting Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Her work has been published widely appearing in international art and architecture magazines including Art in America, Artlink, Art in Australia and Monument. She is included in Warrick Brown and Liz Caughey's anthologies on New Zealand art and her works is the subject of the book Sara Hughes: Feedback Runaway (Revolver Publishing Berlin, 2009).

Gow Langsford Gallery has represented Sara Hughes since 2004.

Sara Hughes


2000-2001 Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University (Master of Fine Arts)

1999  Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University (Bachelor of Fine Art)

selected exhibitions

Download Curriculum Vitae

2022 23 Hours and 56 Minutes, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

2021 Timestamp, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2020 All My Favourite Shapes - The Miniset Installation, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2019 8 Minutes and 17 Seconds, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2016 Butterfly Effect, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2015 Sing a Rainbow Too, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014 Sing a Rainbow, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2012 Harvest, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2011 The Golden Grain, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

2010 Colour Codes, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Worldwide Optimism, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
For Kultur, Hawkes Bay Museum and Art Gallery, Hawkes Bay
Heat Wave, Federation Square, Melbourne, Germany

2009 Feedback Runaway, Kunstlerhaus Bathanien, Berlin, Germany
Buy, Sell, Hold, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2008 Scales of Economy, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
United We Fall, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch

2006 Crash, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland