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Frieda Hughes
Born
Frieda Rebecca Hughes

(1960-04-01) 1 April 1960 (age 62)
London, England
Nationality British – Australian (dual citizenship)
Education Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Known for Painting, poetry
Spouse(s)
Desmond Dawe
(m. 1979; div. 1982)

Clive Anderson (div.)
Laszlo Lukacs
(m. 1996; div. 2010)

Frieda Rebecca Hughes (born 1 April 1960) is an English-Australian poet and painter. She has published seven children's books, four poetry collections and one short story and has had many exhibitions.

Family and personal life

Hughes is the daughter of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Her mother was an American novelist and poet, and her father was the British poet laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998. Her mother took her life when Frieda was almost three; her father died of cancer. Hughes' brother, Nicholas Hughes, took his life on 16 March 2009.

Hughes was born in London. Through their father's mother, Frieda and Nicholas are descendants of Nicholas Ferrar (1592–1637). She moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1988, and later settled in Wooroloo, a small hamlet north of Perth, in 1991, where the Australian landscape became the basis of much of her painting. She obtained dual Australian citizenship in 1992.

Hughes was married to farmworker Desmond Dawe from 1979 to 1982. Her second husband was real estate agent Clive Anderson. Her third marriage, in 1996, was to Hungarian artist Laszlo Lukacs; they divorced in 2010 after a year-long separation. She has no children. Hughes rescues, keeps, and paints owls.

Frieda currently lives in Powys, Wales.

Career

Hughes graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, with a BA (Hons.) in 1988.

In June 2002, she received an Invention and Innovation award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts for her project Forty Years.

From 2006 to 2008 she wrote a weekly poetry column for The Times newspaper and in 2008 was chair judge for the Forward Prizes for Poetry and a judge for the National Poetry Competition.

In February 2010 she was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3.

In October 2015 Hughes spoke for the first time about her father as part of the BBC Two documentary Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death.

Exhibitions

  • 1989: Group exhibition at the Chris Beetles Gallery, St James's, London.
  • 1991: Group exhibition with the Milne and Moller Gallery at Art Expo 1991, London.
  • 1992: Group exhibition with the Milne and Moller Gallery at Art Expo 1992, London.
  • 1993: Solo exhibition at the Anna Mei Chadwick Gallery, Fulham, London; Joint exhibition at the Delaney Gallery, Perth, Western Australia; and Group exhibition at Perth Galleries, Perth, Western Australia.
  • 1994: Group exhibition at the Gomboc Gallery, Middle Swan, Western Australia.
  • 1995: Solo exhibition at the Provenance Gallery, Sydney, Australia; and Solo exhibition at the Anna Mei Chadwick Gallery, London.
  • 1996: Joint exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs sponsored by Lloyds Bank, London.
  • 1997: Joint exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs at the Cork St Gallery, London.
  • 1998: Joint exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs sponsored by the Royal Commonwealth Society, London.
  • 1999: Joint studio exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs, London.
  • 2001: Joint studio exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs, London.
  • 2002: Joint studio exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs, London.
  • 2003: Joint exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs at the Soan Gallery, London.
  • 2008: Joint exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs in Powys, Wales.
  • 2015: Solo exhibition at the October Gallery, London.
  • 2017: Solo exhibition at Chichester Cathedral. West Sussex.
  • 2018: Solo exhibition at the Chris Beetles Gallery, London.
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