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Steph Hughes

Steph’s right hand is eyebrow-raisingly larger than her left, from years of creating chaotic (and a little skewiff) line drawings. Bustling suburbs, long arms, faces, food and geographically questionable maps have been known to take over her busy pages, along with occasional musings and word splatter.

The whole thing was probably instigated early on by her obsession with making gig posters for her 300 bands (still obsessing) – but it’s rolled on to diverse workings with the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Golden Plains, an array of album/merchandise design for musicians and mural commissions for the ABC. Steph has also exhibited at Semi Permanent and Gertrude Contemporary.

She works from a desk in Brunswick.


Steph Hughes

Place of Birth:


Currently Living in:

Brunswick, Melbourne

Train, bus, bike, or other:

I'd Snog the Train, Marry the Bike and Avoid the Bus

What's the most important object in your studio?

Pencil, beret, Neil Young 

Paper or Plastic?

Paper baby

If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?

What is this voodoo?! The whole 'grave to coffee shop' walk would be really intense. I'd need to know more logistics for this me.

Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.

Do that thing where you introduce ANOTHER person to them, who's name you know. And say, 'this is blah blah', then they are forced to say 'Hi! im blah blah', and then the 'Nutbush' comes on and you sigh with relief that you clawed your way out of that.

Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?

Then there's no mystery left, Leon!

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

I'll err on the side of 'a lot'

Favourite client so far?

(can't choose, drawing pictures rules. ONE LOVE)

Favourite imaginary client?

Maybe if Whoopi Goldberg wanted me to paint her panel van with  some intense panorama. And then she'd probably give me surfboards and guidance and maybe wholesome salads for lunch. I feel like she'd be a good boss, you know. 

How does your mother describe your profession?

' wash your hair'

Coffee or tea?

Both, a lot (twitches)

What's your earliest drawing memory?

I was big on drawing happy emus in kindergarten. Then I vividly remember drawing Andre Agassi skating down a mountain wearing a bandanna and really crap sunnies- some things never change.

How do you prefer to spend your mornings?

Skating down mountains wearing my bandanna. Then drawing with a VERY GOOD COFFEE and with something good on the radio and checking good emails.