E.J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
About this Work 

The reputation of E. J. Hughes in British Columbia is second only to that of Emily Carr. Yet Hughes lived a notoriously private life. Hughes painted scenes from all over BC, but he especially loved Vancouver Island, and lived most of his 93 years at Shawnigan Lake and Duncan. This book features paintings from his beloved island home—from Sidney, past Goldstream and the Malahat to Cowichan Bay, Genoa Bay, and Maple Bay. With stops along the way, he painted scenes from Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Comox, and Courtenay. Hughes recorded the passing of an era, capturing the coastal steamships, log booms, fishing boats, and the landscapes he treasured.

TouchWood Editions
Jurors' Citation 

A thoroughly fitting tribute to a modest man who wanted everyone to share in the beauty of this island. Robert Amos brings together paintings, sketches, and recollections of this important artist’s life and work in a gorgeous coffee table book.

Robert Amos

Robert Amos has published eight books on art, including two on the life and specific works of British Columbia’s beloved landscape painter E. J. Hughes. He was the arts columnist for Victoria’s Times Colonist newspaper for more than thirty years, was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1995 and is an Honorary Citizen of Victoria. He now lives in Oak Bay with his wife, artist and author Sarah Amos.