McHugh, Tommy

imageTommy McHugh






Tommy McHugh

  Via Fran Passman. email:



Painting, sculpture

Photographs of artwork here by Gianni Bianchini


Tommy McHugh was born in Liverpool. He worked as a builder, and had a history of violence and class A drug abuse. His only interest in drawing was in scrawling tattoos on his arms whilst serving time in prison. Since suffering a stroke in 2001, Tommy has felt a need to create, and has experimented with painting, drawing, writing and sculpting, dealing with themes relating to his ‘split-mind’, which Tommy states has changed his personality.

Tommy’s stroke was caused by two small bleeds in both sides of his brain known as subarachnoid haemorrhages. Surgeons repaired the bleeds using a clip and a coil. His stroke appeared to unlock his creative side. This phenomenon known as “sudden artistic output” is extremely rare.

The London based artist, Marion Kalmus ( is currently writing a book about Tommy. They have exhibited together at Liverpool’s Eggspace Gallery.



Recent Exhibitions:

Novas CUC Feb 2008 Joint Exhibition
with Jon Sarkin

The Engine Rooms Sept 2008 – Jan 30 2009 video promotion for Tommy’s Engine Rooms
exhibition link

The Neurosupport Centre, Liverpool – July/November 2007
Eggspace Gallery, Liverpool ‘Out of Your Mind’
Libraries across Liverpool
The EggSpace Gallery Liverpool
Solo show Curated by Marion Kalmus 11th February 2006 Museum Man
1st May 2006 London Biennale
Group exhibition August 2006, Moreton, Wirral


all images are copyright the artist unless otherwise stated
Sandstone 1
‘Swan Head Horse’