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Joseph Frederick Hughes, 81, of San Francisco, Calif., died Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

He was born on June 28, 1941 in Moundsville, WV, and was the son of the late Charles and Dorothy Mudge Hughes.

Educated at Marshall University, where he earned a BA and an MFA, and after completing a graduate fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, Joseph was for many years a resident of San Francisco, where he devoted himself to painting. His work, from the school of Abstract Expressionism, focused intensely on the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of color. Admired in the United States and abroad, his paintings have been accepted into the permanent collections of many museums, including the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston, WV; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida; and the Kolumba Museum in Cologne, Germany.

Throughout his life, he maintained a strong connection to West Virginia, especially his hometown of Moundsville, which he treasured.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas Michael Hughes and G. Charles Hughes III.

Survivors include a cousin, Jon Booher; nephews, Dr. G. Charles Hughes IV and Justin Hughes; niece, Molly Hughes Lavino; and longtime partner, Gail Brooks.

The family will receive friends Saturday, July 30 from 4-6 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home and Crematorium, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsdville, WV. The funeral will be held at the same location on Sunday, July 31 at 1 p.m., with the Reverend Bruce Bevans officiating.

Burial at Riverview Cemetery in Moundsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oglebay Institute: Stifel Fine Arts Center.

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