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E. J. Hughes died on Friday at the Cowichan District Hospital in Duncan at the age of 93. Hughes was born in North Van and grew up in Nanaimo. He'd lived in Duncan for the past 29 years. The gallery representing him is on the main street in Duncan, Station Street (which is all of three blocks long). My old work had one of his paintings in the boardroom. E. J. Hughes holds the distinction of one of his paintings receiving the highest price ever at auction for a living Canadian artist, over one million dollars taxes and fees in. Of course he sold the painting for $300 many years before and never saw a cent of that.

I've been a fan of Hughes' work for decades and it has been an influence on my own. If you don't recognizes the name, you may recognizes the style:

"View of Maple Bay"

(Incidentally. this is where I used to row in high school. The building with the reddish-brown second floor immediately behind the red railing of the government wharf is the Maple Bay Rowing Club. I know this strip of shore so well that I recognizes individual rocks and have a good idea of when it was painted from the height of the trees)

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