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» shows Hugh Mendes

Artist – Obituaries & World News


Forthcoming 2023

‘The Subversive Landscape’ Curated Group Show

28th April – 27th May

Tremenheere Gallery

Gulval, Nr. Penzance, Cornwall

Mendes & Co. (Deceased) SOLO Show

20th April – 13th May

James Freeman Gallery

354 Upper St, London N1 0PD

Ares Group show
30 March – 9 April
Pavilion Gallery, Cromwell Place

London Art Fair

January 18 – 22

PLATFORM ‘Reframing the Muse’ Curated by Ruth Millington

Also at Charlie Smith London Gallery Stand

Business Design Centre, London

Past Shows 2022

British Art Fair

SOLO SHOW Contemporary Section

Sept 29- Oct 2nd

Saatchi Gallery Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, London SW3 4RY

Mendes and his Mentors SOLO SHOW

THE TUB, Hackney

April 20-24 2022

Unit 2, Broadway Market Mews, London, E8

London Art Fair

April 21 – 24

(Charlie Smith London Gallery)

Business Design Centre, London


May 18-22 2022

(Charlie Smith London Gallery)


Saturday July 2nd 10am – 4pm

Space Studios, Studio 104

129 – 131 Mare St., London E8 3RH

Past Shows 2021
Benefit Exhibition

School Gallery, Delta House Studios
Riverside Road
London, SW17 0BA

Nov 16th – Dec 10th 2021

It was 20 years ago today… Solo Retrospective

Charlie Smith London, 11 Dray Walk, London E1

September 6th – 12th

Past Shows 2020

Emerging to Established Winter Group Show

Krause Gallery, 149 Orchard St South, New York, NY 10002

Jan 9th – Feb 28th

London Art Fair

(Charlie Smith London Gallery)

Business Design Centre,

N1 9PP

22 -26 January 2020

Autorretrato: The Female Gaze

Solo Show

Feb 14th -Mar 14th 2020

Charlie Smith, London

336 Old Street
London EC1V 9DR


Royal Academy Summer Show 2019

Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD

10th June – 12th August 2019

Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Award

Piano Nobile Gallery

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

24th May – 31 Aug 2019

London Art Fair

(Charlie Smith London Gallery)

Business Design Centre,

N1 9PP

16-20 January 2019


Solo Show

Sept 14th – Oct 13th 2018

Charlie Smith, London

336 Old Street
London EC1V 9DR

Hugh Mendes | Autorretrato

London Art Fair

Business Design Centre,

N1 9PP

17-21 January 2018

Volta New York

Solo Show: ‘The Art of Being Mortal’

CharlieSmith London

PIER 90, 12th Avenue, NY 10019

 MARCH 7–11, 2018


Two Person Show

with Alastair Gordon


June 23 – July 29 2017

Charlie Smith, London

336 Old Street
London EC1V 9DR

Shows 2016

London Art Fair

(Charlie Smith Gallery)

Jan 20 -24

Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH

Volta Basel

(Charlie Smith Gallery)

June 13 – 18

Markthalle, Basel

The Manchester Contemporary

(Charlie Smith Gallery)

Sept 22-25

Old Granada Studios, Manchester


Open Studio Evening

June 23rd 6-9pm

Space Studios

129 -131 Mare St.,

London E8 3RH


Solo Show

The Death of the Artist

Oct 14 – Nov 12

Charlie Smith, London

336 Old Street
London EC1V 9DR

Plus @

GUSFORD los angeles

Date TBC

616 N La Brea Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90036


Group Show

Press Art (and now the good news)

May 28th – Aug 15th 2016

Lugano Arte e Cultura Centre

Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland



July 31st – Aug 21st 2016

Wildlands, Healdsburg, California

Shows 2015

Group Shows

‘Black Paintings’

9th Oct – 14th Nov

Charlie Smith, London

336 Old Street
London EC1V 9DR



March 5th – 29th

No Format Gallery

Harrington Way,

London SE 18




Shows 2014

Solo Shows


Sept 5 – Oct 4

Galerie Braubachfive   Braubachstr. 5

D-60311 Frankfurt


Obituaries & Other Works

High House Gallery
Clanfield, OX18 2SH

7 – 29 June 2014


Group Shows

The Future Can Wait

Oct 14 -18

Victoria House, Bloomesbury Sq., London WC1B 4DA


The Great War

14 Feb – 22 March

Charlie Smith, London

336 Old Street
London EC1V 9DR

Shows 2013

Solo Show

DOA: The Good The Bad and The Beautiful

APRIL 5 – MAY 25

GUSFORD | los angeles
7016 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Group  Shows


Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4 New Sensations

OCT 12 – 17th

Victoria House, Bloomsbury Sq.,

London WC1

Art with a Heart

AUG 29th

GUSFORD | los angeles
7016 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA



May 23 –  June 20

Jacob’s Island Gallery
56 Butler’s & Colonial Wharf
10–11 Shad Thames
London SE1 2PY



Shows 2012

Solo Show:

Hugh Mendes: Obituaries

23 Feb – 31 March

Charlie Smith, London

336 Old Street
London EC1V 9DR


Group Shows:

‘The Id, The Ego & The Superego’  (Jackson, Mendes, Nolan)

Oct 10th – Nov 17th 2012

Charlie Smith, London

336 Old Street
London EC1V 9DR


‘The Future Can Wait’

B1, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA

October 9th-14th 2012 11am-6.30pm


‘The Serpent’s Tail’

08 Sept – 06 Oct 2012

Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam

Hazenstraat 60
1016 Sr, Amsterdam


‘The Perfect Nude’ (curated by Dan Coombs & Philip Allen)

05 June –  05 Aug

Charlie Smith, London

336 Old Street
London EC1V 9DR


‘New Generation British Painters’

7 Apr – 12 May

Marine Contemporary Gallery

1733, Abbot Kinney Blvd.,

Venice, Los Angeles

CA. 90291


‘The Id, The Ego & The Superego’

4 May – 3 June

Galerie Braubachfive

Braubachstr. 5

D-60311 Frankfurt


Curated by Angelica Sule & Richard Gallagher

9 September – 1 October 2011

Location: Kenny Schachter/ROVE Gallery, Lincoln House, 33-34 Hoxton Square,
London N1 6NN
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10 – 6 and by appointment


8.46 EDT/13.46 GMT, September 11th 2001
‘Only love and then oblivion. Love was all they had to set against their murderers.’ Ian McEwan

‘The work of Hugh Mendes freezes the fleeting moments of Fleet Street by preserving the ephemeral nature of newspapers, and the historical content they inevitably contain, embalming them in paint and canvas forever. Rather than perusing headlines like junk food, we are left with a lasting taste of the social and political to ponder at will and at length.’ Kenny Schachter

Throughout human history there have been certain moments and events that have affected global consciousness in such a profound way that the world stands still. On September 11th 2001, we experienced one such moment as the twin towers came crashing down in New York. Now, on the 10th anniversary, Hugh Mendes looks back over his personal record of the 9/11 attacks and the aftermath presented through painting, drawing and original newspaper clippings.

Mendes has been painting images of newspaper clippings for the last ten years. They came to prominence in his work following 9/11, which was the day of his MA graduation. That day he showed a painting of Osama bin Laden pointing a gun at a triumphant George Bush. It had been painted about a month previously in response to Bush’s contested election victory. As the external examiners were marking the show, Mendes absentmindedly turned on the TV at home. The first thing he saw was the second plane flying into the twin towers and he started videotaping immediately. It was not until the next day that he realised the Arab with gun clipping that he had found blowing down Brick Lane, was of Osama bin Laden. It seemed a shockingly prophetic painting. He then collected all the papers for the next week, and made a series of paintings sourced from the coverage of the 9/11 attacks. It catapulted him into working exclusively with newspaper clippings as source material. He has explored the repercussions of the so called ‘ War on Terror’ and the subsequent devastation of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

With the rather timely killing of Osama bin Laden, this memorial exhibition represents a selective history of the last decade and how it has been described to us through the media. Transcribing newspaper articles, the paintings filter the information we receive on a daily basis to give us only hints at what is happening. While having a focus on the fall out of the 9/11 attacks, we also catch a glimpse of what else is considered newsworthy. Exercising his own journalistic integrity, Mendes presents his potted history of the last decade, showing the devastating alongside the more trivial. A painting of Farrah Fawcett’s obituary sits alongside a clip referencing the 9/11 trials. Nothing is too extreme or too banal. We are given facts but out of context. It is Mendes’ own personal newspaper.

400 women

Canongate Venture
5 New St., Edinburgh, EH8 8BH
4 Aug – 4 September

Beasts Royal

28th November 2010 – 8th January 2011

11 Mare Street, London E8
Viktor Wynd Fine Art Inc

List of Artists:

Leonora Carrington, Natasha Chambers, Oliver Clegg, Angela Cockayne, Adam Dant, Jill Tegan Doherty, Annabel Elgar, Noel Fielding, Nancy Fouts, Jen Franklin, Maria Teresa Gavazzi, Bert Gilbert, Carolyn Gowdy, Marcelle Hanselaar, Andy Harper, Lynn Hatzius, Paul Hazelton, Aly Helyer, Dan Hillier, Jimp, Nicholas Jolly, Damien Meade, Hugh Mendes, Raul Pina, Max Reeves, Steph von Reiswitz, Paul Sakoilsky, Lindsay Sekulowicz, David Spero, Tatiana de Stempel, Samantha Sweeting, Raisa Veikkola, Jessica Voorsanger, Daryl Waller, Kate Walters, Simon Willems, EC Woodard.

Press Art

30 Jan – 20 Jun 2010

Kunstmuseum St.Gallen,
Museumstrasse 32,
CH-9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland

3 July – 24 Oct ’10

Museum der Moderne, Salzburg,
Monchsberg 32,
5020 Salzburg, Austria

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