Introduction

The dramatic paintings of Hugh Bulley - his most recent works - interpret themes from the great dramas and literature of the past. These include:


AESCHYLUS The Persians ( 8 paintings)
Prometheus Vinctus (4)
ARISTOPHANES Acharnians (6)
Birds (5)
Knights (5)
Lysistrata (10)
Peace (6)
BRECHT Mother Courage (12)
OVID Metamorphoses (25)
SHAKESPEARE Antony & Cleopatra (1)
SHAW Caesar & Cleopatra (7)
VOLTAIRE Candide (29)#
Italics indicates first exhibited ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, OXFORD


‘Each series is devoted to a famous play by a famous playwright. Each illustrates the essential plot and cruces in vivid colours with an overall consistency within the totality of the canvases that is truly remarkable. More remarkable still is the homogeneity of the four series together’


More than two centuries have passed since the last memorable series of works intended to be hung on the walls of prosperous homes were produced by Hogarth - notably The Rake’s Progress or Marriage a la Mode.’ - Gerald Taylor

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Mountain Torrant

Title: Mountain Torrant

Dimensions: 183 x 126.5cm

Media: Oil on linen canvas

Description: From drawings made above FILMS, WALDHAUS, GRALIBUNDEN, SWITZERLAND c. 1987

Reclining figure  Metropolitan

Title: Reclining figure Metropolitan

Dimensions: 76 x 101.6cm

Media: Oil on linen canvas

Description: From the series 'The girl with the golden hair'

Self portrait

Title: Self portrait

Dimensions: 101.6 x 76cm

Media: Oil on gess/hardboard

Description: 'Your Beatty portrait is very powerful and fine. I notice you paint yourself as 'knave'.' Letters to the painter (12 May 1969 'On board R.M.S. QUEEN ELIZABETH II. At sea') from Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

The History of Caesar   Cleopatra  G B  SHAW

Title: The History of Caesar Cleopatra G B SHAW

Dimensions: 76 x 101.6cm

Media: Oil on linen canvas

Description: No. 1 of 7 Act I scene 1 The Desert. Cleopatra and Ceasar, each seated on a foreley of The Alexandrian Sphinx, at first unaware of each others identity, warily exchange in conversation. First exhibited Ashmolean, 1990.

Waterlilies green and blue 1978

Title: Waterlilies green and blue 1978

Dimensions: 105 x 130cn

Media: Oil on linen canvas

Description: First published as lithographs (Editions of 250) by TRANSWORLD ART of W.57 Street New York in Alex Rosenberg's 'Mahor Painters' Collection.