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Primary Hughes

illustration of Painting created for the invitational group exhibition, Flower Child at Modern Eden Gallery, celebrating the summer of love in San Francisco.
illustration of Portrait of Daniel Day-Lewis from Martin Scorcese's movie Gangs of New York.
illustration of Portrait of DC's superhero Wonder Woman
illustration of Portrait of Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks, created for Spoke Art Gallery’s In Dreams: David Lynch Tribute Show in NYC.
illustration of Urban fantasy book cover
illustration of Portrait of Agatha (Saorise Ronan) from Wes Anderson's movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
illustration of Portrait of Kevin Costner, as Crash Davis from the classic baseball movie, Bull Durham.
illustration of Portrait of Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, son of Arathorn, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
illustration of Narrative sketchbook painting of a Mermaid that has lured sailors to their deaths.
illustration of Baseball portrait of New York Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia
illustration of Baseball portrait of Los Angeles Angels' outfielder Torii Hunter
illustration of Baseball portrait of Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher Russell Martin
illustration of Portrait of Dmitri Desgoffe-und-Taxis (Adrien Brody) from Wes Anderson's movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
illustration of Archer and falcon alongside a river and waterfall: narrative painting
illustration of Portrait of Leonardo DiCaprio from Martin Scorcese's movie Gangs of New York.
illustration of Portrait of Shoshanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) from Quentin Tarantino's movie, Inglourious Basterds created for Spoke Art Gallery.
illustration of Cartoon character Stewie Griffin from Family guy, in the style of an official portrait.
illustration of Portrait of Tony Revolori, as Zero, from Wes Anderson's movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
illustration of Optical illusion that foreshadows the death that early explorers brought to the indigenous peoples of the lands they
illustration of Portrait of M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) from Wes Anderson's movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
illustration of Painting of action figures and toys from my childhood.
illustration of Book illustration based on Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard book.
illustration of Portraits of Robert Downey Jr and Michelle Monaghan from the contemporary noir crime/myster film, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.
illustration of Lover's eye collaboration with Terebellum Studio (bead embroidery), created for the invitational group exhibition, Lover's Eye, at Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
illustration of Portrait of Idris Elba inspired by the BBC series Luther created for Hero Complex Gallery’s show, I am the Law / A Life of Crime.
illustration of “Busy, busy, busy, is what we Bokononists whisper whenever we think of how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is.”

—Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle
illustration of Portrait of Chris Evans as Marvel Comics' Captain America.
illustration of Editorial illustration comparing the science of robotics with animal and bug locomotion.
illustration of Painting of Jon Snow and his direwolf Ghost from the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Created for George R.R. Martin presents: Winter is Coming, Ltd Art Gallery, Seattle, WA.


Primary Hughes is best known for his colorful acrylic portraits, having shown in numerous pop-culture and illustration focused gallery exhibitions in California and New York. As an artist residing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and professor of illustration at Northern Michigan University, he can often be found exploring the natural landscape along the coast of Lake Superior with his plein-air watercolor kit. His painting and illustration work revels in the interplay of light and color, and the emotional impact of tranquil moments of determination, thoughtful reflection, and preparation for a thing that must be done.


Abstract, Acrylic, Caricature, Cartoon, Collage, Conceptual, Design, Figurative, Fine Art, Graphic, Lettering, Mixed Media, Montage, Oil, Painterly, Realism, Stylized, Technical, Watercolor, Decorative, Floral, Whimsical, Concept Art, Installations, Film/Entertainment


Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Book Covers, Celebrities, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Fashion/Cosmetics, Historical, Icons, Landscape, Mystery, Nature, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Product, Religious, Romance, Scientific, Sci-Fi, Sports, Still Life, Toys & Games, Transportation, Wildlife, Americana, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Masculine, Spiritual, Youth, Game, Edgy, Environmental, Urban