A Brief History of the Art Career of Chuck Hues (aka: Artguy)
Artguy Chuck is a ‘born doodler’ with a documented focus beginning at age 3. He grew up in North Carolina, and Alabama, where he fell in love with nature, music, and art.
His first commissions are dated in grammar school and the nickname ‘Artguy’ started in high school.
He was trained as an Illustrator at Auburn University, Alabama (1990) where his band ‘Bone Dali’ received honors and nearly helped him flunk out of school while they toured during regional success of their 1st album. The band split up during his Senior Project, but his love affair with Live Music has never subsided ever since.
In 1991 Hues won 6 juried competitions providing the official design for Art & Music Festivals in 3 different cities, catapulting him into an active art career that seemed to gain momentum in 1992, when Hues began illustrating for The Grateful Dead via ‘Club Dead’ in San Francisco. That same year, the Artguy’s day job became ‘Wall Mural Painter’ in Fort Walton Beach, FL after two seasons as the Assistant Scenic Artist at Birmingham Children’s Theater (AL) (while moonlighting as a budding illustrator for a reasonably steady sideline occupation). In 1994 Hues won the Fall Tour ’94 Grateful Dead Tour design entitled BANJO (still onsale via Liquid Blue) while painting signs at Dollwood Amusement Park in Pigeon Forge, TN. In 1995 while painting an amusement park in Gatlinburg, TN, Jerry Garcia died and it seemed to mark a significant change the world the Artguy whose path had finally seemed to converge with a dream suddenly found himself on a bus without a driver, or so it seemed…
Giving up on illustration for awhile, he went in search of murals along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico in a converted van / traveling art studio and spent the next several years on the road painting large scale murals at Amusement parks, surf shops, and Waterparks, on his own and with various paint groups spanning from the Southeastern U.S. To the MidWest. Some adventures were great and many were small, but you will find them in the BROWSE ART & VIDEO pages for individual articles.
In 2006 he began painting at live music events and helped spawn the Live Art movement in the Mid West painting alongside some of the greats, during which time he became the art director for several MidWestern music festivals such as the 10,000 Lakes Festival, WeFest, The Bella Festivals, and he became a regular contributor at most of the Harmony Park Festivals next to the main stage where he painted with some of the hottest bands in the land. (See video page) Painting 1 picture per band for a weekend at a time for the entire Festi-season secured the ‘street credentials that were needed to get the art business off the ground.
Hues moved to Minnesota in 1999.