Simon Hughes

Northern Landscape

2007
Struck by “a portrait of this country that doesn’t exist,” Hughes’ epic, five-panel drawing sets architectural fantasies reminiscent of utopian structures such as Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome and Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 against a stereotypically northern landscape. Hunters industriously harvest meat from a whale carcass in the open landscape, while hints of ominous activities behind the walls of glass and rough logs create a sense of foreboding.
Artist
Title
Northern Landscape
Date
2007
Medium
Drawing
Materials
watercolour, pen and coloured ink, graphite, fluorescent paint, glitter, coloured plastic decals and collage on wove paper
Dimensions
136.5 x 532.5 cm installed
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2008 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation
Accession number
42328.1-5