Aidan Hughes

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Aidan Hughes is a commercial artist. He was born in 1956 in Merseyside, England, and was trained as an artist by his father, himself a landscape painter.

In the 1980s, Hughes published a pulp-style magazine called BRUTE!. Brute! has become an occasional pseudonym for Hughes as well.

Hughes usually works in a very high contrast style, often black and white, but more often black and white accented with one other color. He claims influence from American comic book artist Jack Kirby, John Martin, and (most apparently) from Russian propaganda posters.

Aidan Hughes is best known for creating most of the album covers for the industrial band KMFDM.[1] Two of KMFDM's music videos ("A Drug Against War," "Son of a Gun") were animated versions of Hughes's artwork.

His other work has included outdoor murals, including the 75 metre mural in Barga, Italy during 2003[2] which has since been covered over with an earth bank; and a wide variety of advertisements, including pieces for the Bank of Scotland, and Guinness.

Hughes is credited for the art design and concept of ZPC (Zero Population Count),[3][4] a first-person shooter computer game developed in 1996 using the Marathon 2 engine.

In 2017, Hughes co-founded Tweak Archived 2021-02-02 at the Wayback Machine, a photo-editing app for iOS and Android.

He presently lives and works in the Czech Republic.[5]


Aidan Hughes joined the BogArt collective in 2006. This street art organisation attempted to subvert the burgeoning graffiti/tagging culture by using public toilet advertising space as alternative gallery space. They also produced a number of short films, detailing their art happenings and protests on the streets of Prague, Czech Republic.


  1. ^ Jeffries, Vincent. "KMFDM: What Do You Know Deutschland?". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  2. ^ "brute - Aidan Hughes - Barga (LU) Italy". Archived from the original on 15 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ "ZPC (1996) Macintosh box cover art - MobyGames". MobyGames. Archived from the original on 20 September 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  4. ^ "[ z p c ] - reviews". Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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