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.