Matt Hughes

Gothic Art Nouveau and Matt Hughes: The Art and The Artist
Self-described as both student and teacher, the work of the artist has masterfully emerged from beyond the constraints of both. Ingeniously blending the romantic aesthetic beauty of Art Nouveau with the dark concepts of Gothic art, painter Matt Hughes is best known for giving rise to Gothic Art Nouveau, a new art movement that's redefining the relationship between viewer and subject, entwining both into an intimate rendezvous, sharing dark and ethereal realms immersed in religion and mythology, death and spirituality, human nature and inherent evil, ultimately leaving the viewer with a profundity of self-reflection and introspection.

While the majority of Matt's influences include Art Nouveau artists Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt, the influences of artists such as Herbert Draper, Gustave Dore, John Singer Sargent as well as Maxfield Parrish, one of the renowned illustrators from the "golden age of Illustration", are equally apparent. Introspectively drawing his own inspiration from self reflection, personal experience, and an inept talent for what he refers to as "visual method acting", Matt has instinctively merged conceptual twists on conventional artistic themes with spiritual and philosophical concepts to interpret the most fundamental of human emotion and action into his visions, resulting in a strange and remarkable melange, now known as Gothic Art Nouveau.
You can see more of Matt's work by visiting his on-line gallery at