The expression on the bright red plaster ‘face’ is unnervingly elusive. The puckered mouth and wide-eyes can be equally read as displaying fear, sadness or anxiety, whilst the colour choice is equally suggestive of
blushed embarrassment and broiling rage. Hughes has poured paint directly from the tin, resulting in a warped appearance; the dripping chin of Red Faced suggests something altogether unfixed and unstable.
Awarded Art Collections Purchase Prize 2014