Hugh Kearney was born and raised in Fredericton, N.B. He received his B.F.A. from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1987. Upon graduating, Hugh worked as a designer for the Federal Government for a year before heading to Whistler to pursue his love of the outdoors and skiing. After 12 years of living in Whistler, Hugh and his wife moved to Brooklyn, New York for 7 years and then returned to B.C. to live in Vancouver where he currently resides.

Hugh has since shown in many group and solo shows including N.Y.U, New York, Tabec Musee, Vienna, Austria, La Minoterie, Nay, France, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY, as well as many private galleries throughout Canada and the US. Hugh has also received a grand prize for “Painting on the Edge” in 2009, the Lawren Harris Award from the Federation of Canadian Artists in 2011, and the London Carpet Commission for Canada House on Trafalgar Square in 2014.

His recent paintings are a blend of hard core modernism, landscape observations and First Nations attributes. To honour his Mother and Grandmother, he acquired his certificate of Indian Status in 2017. He is part of the Maliseet Nation. He has been using First Nations elements in his work for the last several years: use of traditional colours of black, red and white and a bit of cross hatching.

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Mixed media on paper on canvas
49.5″ x 37.5″



Mixed media on paper on canvas
49.5″ x 37.5″


Second Pipe

Mixed media on paper on canvas
31.5″ x 25.5″



Mixed media on paper on canvas
31.5″ x 25.5″



Mixed media on paper on canvas
31.5″ x 25.5″


Guitar Head

Mixed media on paper on canvas
31.5″ x 25.5″


Green Wiggle

Mixed media on paper on canvas
31.5″ x 25.5″



Mixed media on paper on canvas
49.5″ x 37.5″


1984/1985, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
1987, B.F.A., Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS

Solo Exhibitions

2019, Looks Local, Kafka, Vancouver, BC
2015, Vancouver Art Gallery Rental & Sales, Vancouver, BC
2013, Kind of Blue, Ingrid Mueller Gallery, Fredericton, NB
2009, Small, Ingrid Mueller Gallery, Fredericton, NB
2006, Travel -Travaille, La Minoterie Nay, France
2006, Untitled, Ingrid Muller Art & Concept, Fredericton, NB
2003, New Works, Art Junction, Whistler, BC
2000, “Squirt” (Performance), Artrageous, Whistler, BC
1999, 45 or So, Foyer Gallery, Squamish, BC
1998, Recent Works, V.T.V. Studios, Vancouver, BC
1998, Johnny Gnu-wurk as Homeboy, Fredericton, NB
1996, (ALPHABET) X 4, Gallery Sansair, Vancouver, BC
1995, Brackendale Art Gallery, Branckendale, BC
1993, Gallery 30 Birdie, Fredericton, NB
1988, The Playhouse Gallery, Fredericton, NB
1987, Anna Leonowens Art Gallery, Halifax, NS

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020, What are u working on? Pendullum Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2019, Displacement, The Art Factory, Vancouver, BC
2016, As the Crow Flies, Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC
2013, Drawing Now, The Cultch, Vancouver, BC
2010, Process & Intent: The Making of Art, Vancouver, BC
2010, Landscape, Ingrid Mueller Gallery, Fredericton, NB
2009, Painting on the Edge, The Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
2008, Brooklyn Au Natural, Safe-T-Gallery, NYC, NY
2007, Figures and Fables, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006, Annual, Ingrid Muller Art and Concept, Fredericton, NB
2006. Brightness of Pallet, Beckett Fine Art, Oakville, ON
2006, 2004, Small Works, Washington Square Galleries, N.Y.U., NY, NY
2005, 2004, 2003, A.A.F. New York – Paradigm Art, NY, NY
2004, Trees, Peter Buckland Gallery, Saint John, NB
2003, Paper 2003, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
2002, Small Works, Kentler International Drawing Space, NY
2002, Works on Paper, Gallery Meru, Brooklyn, NY
2002, “NYIAF Vienna”, Vienna, Austria 2
001, New York Independent Art Fair, NY
2001, Gale Gates Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2000, Winter Auction (DAC) Brooklyn, NY
2002, Paradigm Art, NY, NY
1997, Artropolis, (Browser)
2003, 1996, “Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition”, Toronto, ON
1993, “Christmas Show”, A.C.E. Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1992, “Discoveries”, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
1988, “No to Bill C-64”, Gallery Connection, Fredericton, NB


Grand Prize, Painting on the Edge 2009, Federation of Canadian Artists Lawern Harris award, 2011 FCA, London Carpet Commission, Canada House

Private Collections

United States, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany, UK

Corporate Collections

Intrawest Corporation, Whistler, BC
Canada House, London, England
Aritzia Inc. NY, NY


2006, La Poste, L’une sculpte, l’autre peint 2003, Whistler Question 2000, The Pique, Whistler Artist off to the Big Apple 1999, The Chief, Nwy.99 as a work of art, Tim Shoults 1999, Daily Gleaner, Seizing the Opportunity, Ray Cronin 1998, Pique New Magazine, Kearney, VOX at the VAG, Amy Findley 1997, Pique News Magazine, two Local Artists, Patricia Wheeler 1995, Whistler Journal, Hugh Kearney the Artist, Penny Leong