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E. J. Hughes: Canadian War Artist in book stores now.
The paintings of E. J. Hughes (1913-2007) from his post-war period sell for millions of dollars at auction. Not so well known is his work as a Canadian War Artist. Now a richly-illustrated volume tells the full story of Canada’s first, longest serving and most productive War Artist.
Working with the cooperation of the Canadian War Museum and the Estate of E. J. Hughes, author and artist Robert Amos follows Hughes through his military service in this fourth book in his award-winning series on this great painter from Vancouver Island. 
Following his basic training at Fort Macauley, Hughes served in Vancouver and then at Ottawa and Camp Petawawa. In 1942 he was posted to regiments along the English Channel and in Wales. In 1943 he spent a winter at Kiska, one of the Aleutian Islands a thousand miles off the coast of Alaska, the only artist to record that little-known campaign. Demobilized in October 1943, Hughes was the longest-serving of all the War Artists and left more than 540 art works in the Canadian War Museum. 
Hughes painted pictures of camp life, military vehicles and armaments as well as the landscapes in which the soldiers were stationed. This book is an essential chapter of Canadian history for art lovers, Hughes fans and military historians.
E. J. Hughes: Canadian War Artist by Robert Amos. TouchWood Editions, Victoria (2022). 206 pages. $35.

Coastal Defense Gun and Crew (1941)

The Sentry (1941)

Norton 650 Motorcycle (1942)

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.”