Robert Amos

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Robert Amos has published his fifth book about the career of artist E. J. Hughes. E. J. Hughes: Life at the Lake (TouchWood Editions, 120 pages, $25) focusses on his time on Shawnigan Lake, where the famously reclusive artist spent many happy years creating some of his most famous paintings. The book is, as usual, lavishly illustrated and takes readers into the private life of Hughes and his wife Fern, his dealer Max Stern and his friend and biographer Pat Salmon. Within weeks of its publication, this book reached number one of the BC Books bestseller’s list. Available at all the best bookstores now.















The Associates of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria recently invited Robert Amos to make an  illustrated presentation on his award-winning book E. J. Hughes: Canadian War Artist.


Adding to the list of awards received by books by Robert Amos, his latest title, E. J. Hughes: Canadian War Artist was chosen as winner of the annual Basil Stuart- Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Book on British Columbia for 2023This prize recognizes the best scholarly book published on a British Columbia subject by a Canadian author. This prize was established in 2012 to honour the memory of Basil Stuart-Stubbs, whose many accomplishments included serving as the University Librarian at UBC Library and the Director of UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. 

The prize is administered by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society. 

In addition, E. J. Hughes: Canadian War Artist also won the gold medal in the History/Biography category in the 2022 PubWest Book Design Awards

PubWest, the leading association of small and medium-sized book publishers in the Pacific Northwest, recognizes superior design and outstanding production quality of books in 16 categories. The Design Awards winners were judged on typography, jacket and cover design, interior design, format, selection of materials used, and printing and binding production quality.

E. J. Hughes: Canadian War Artist , published by TouchWood Editions, Designer: Lara Minja, Production Manager: Adam Stewart, Printer: 1010 


Panoramic Paintings

Check out a new selection of Panoramic Paintings over in the Painting Section.


Recently I did a virtual Book Launch for my new volume, The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats. It’s a twenty-minute tour of the book, in which I take you in for detailed looks at the paintings and offer my commentary. The first four minutes of technical to-and-fro with Michael Warren of the Madrona Gallery are rather ragged but the illustrated presentation which follows is well worth a look. The book is available wherever books are sold, and at $22 it’s going to be very popular during the coming gift-giving season.
Check out the tour on the link below.


Recently the leading on-line literary magazine The Ormsby Review had this to say about my new book:
The Ormsby Review A torrent of collective memory
November 15, 2020

Reviewed by Brian Harvey

"When I was asked to review the book, I thought, E.J. Hughes and boats? What could be better? Not much. The E.J. Hughes Book of Boats is handsomely designed and produced, and it’s very sensibly arranged. Just flip through it, find a picture you like and go. Agreeably sized just a bit smaller than a standard piece of letterhead, this book is no coffee-table killer. Instead, it invites you to pick it up, stick it in your bag, maybe even take it to the beach. The book isn’t a treatise on Hughes or his influences or even the methods by which he achieved such wondrous results. Amos, though himself a well-known artist with a sizeable following, wisely eschews art criticism. For me, experiencing the book was like strolling through an interesting neighbourhood with someone who lives there, who can point out the architectural highlights and tell the choicest stories about places and characters — an easygoing expert lobbing context at you along the way.”