Edward Hughes was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia in 1913. He studied at the Vancouver School of Applied Art and Design where graduation in 1933.
Hughes served in the Second World War as a gunner and an Official War Artist. His work contributed greatly to the documentation and depiction of those who served in the armed forces at that time, and now hangs in the Canadian War Museum.
Hughes’ paintings represent a visual history of the province of British Columbia. He was the first recipient of the Emily Carr Fellowship which allowed him to explore the province. Many of his sketches from this time were created in to paintings and are part of every major Canadian public collection.
Hughes was also commissioned to create a mural for the British Columbia pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in San Francisco.
He is a recipient of three honourary doctorates, a member of The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and received the Order of Canada in 2001.
He died in Duncan, British Columbia in 2007.