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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Hugh Shurley

Dates:  1959, September -
Born:  US, CA, San Francisco
Active:  US
American contemporary photographic collage artist. 
Artist statement: 
Standing alone, a photo is quite literally just a snapshot in time. It’s often difficult to get a sense of the real-world history that led to the moment captured in a picture, or of what you might see if you could ever look more deeply into the background and circumstances of a single image. While most photographers try to capture just an instant, a collage artist will typically cut, edit, and re-work a body of images to create wholly new “instances” – often with very different meaning than the originals.
My works are created using only traditional processes of both photography and collage. My photo collages are made up of original and found photo photographs, ephemera, old documents, personal mementos printed on layers of glass, or sheets of distressed metal.
Each assemblage is a unique, hand-built, three-dimensional construction that conveys a simple impression, but also opens up a range of deeper interpretations; stories and meaning that become apparent when you look carefully into them and through them.

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Hugh Shurley

1985-1988 The Art Center College of Design, B.A. Pasadena, CA (honors)
1984 Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA
1978-80 De Anza Community College, A.A. Liberal Arts
Solo Exhibitions
2006 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Tampa Gallery Of Photographic Arts, Tampa Bay, FL
2004 Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD
2003 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1996 In Collaboration, Santa Monica, CA
1995 In Collaboration, Akron, OH
1995 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1994 In Collaboration, Santa Monica, CA
1994 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1992 My Dog, My God, San Francisco, CA
1991 My Dog, My God, San Francisco, CA
Group Exhibitions
2005-6 John Stevenson Gallery, New York, NY
2005 John Stevenson Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004 John Stevenson Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD
2004 Toledo Friends of Photography, Toledo, OH
2003 Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO
2003 Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
2003 The Center for Photographic Arts, Monterey, CA
2003 Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD
2002 Camera Works, San Francisco, CA
1993-05 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
2001 Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2000 Sonoma Museum of Modern Art, Sonoma, CA
1998 George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 E3 Gallery, New York, NY
1994 In Collaboration, Akron, OH
1994 Villa Montalvo, Los Gatos, CA
1994 U.S. Art, San Francisco, CA
1993 ARU, San Francisco, CA
1991 The Out Auction, Santa Monica, CA
1991 Open Hand Celebrity Show
1991 Circle Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1988 The Art Center Gallery, Pasadena, CA
The Washington Post, Washington, DC
Washington City Paper, Washington, DC
St.Petersburg Times, St.Petersburg, FL
Rolling Stone Magazine, New York, NY
Premier Magazine, New York, NY
Macworld Magazine, San Francisco
Picador USA, New York, NY
Genre Magazine, Hollywood, NY
West Ways Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
Parenting Magazine, San Francisco, NY
Connecticut Magazine, CT
ZYZZYVA Magazine, San Francisco, CA
Graphics, London, England
San Francisco Examiner, Al Morch, critic, SF, CA
Focus Magazine, San Francisco, CA
S.F. Moda Magazine, San Francisco, CA
Book jackets
Random House Books, New York, NY
St. Martin's Press, New York, NY
Harcourt-Brace Publishing, San Diego, CA
Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, NC
Published work
Twenty Five One Heart Press, Berkeley, CA
The Ribbon Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Sony Corporation, New York, NY
Random House Publishing, New York, NY
St. Martins Press, New York, NY
In Collaboration, Santa Monica; Akron, OH
Vintage International, London, England
Limerick Lane Vineyards, St. Helena, CA
Human Rights Campaign Fund, San Francisco
Project Open Hand, San Francisco
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
Jordan Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 
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