SMart has recently lost one of its long term members, Ian Hughes, who sadly passed away last week.
Jaime first met Ian in St. Martin’s in-the-Fields art group that he used to run. Ian became an active member of SMart and participated in most of our exhibitions and was one of the six homeless SMart artists commissioned by The British Museum to paint 26 panels surrounding the Wellcome Trust Gallery while it was under construction.
Due to his homelessness, Ian started suffering from mental illness and lived as a recluse in his flat in Islington for many years.
Ian lived for twenty years in Japan (he spoke and wrote fluently in Japanese), where he was teaching business English and married a Japanese woman. He was extremely knowledgeable in many areas, including history, art and politics. In the last few years of his life he became a full-time artist and painted hundreds of pictures, some of which we had the chance to photograph.
He wasn’t one to speak too much about his past and nobody knows about his relatives, he took with him most of his past and more relevant history. The SMart members and volunteers feel very sad for this loss, he will be missed.