Raised in Oxfordshire and currently residing in Bristol, Tom Hughes initially wanted to be a professional snowboarder but lacked the raw talent. His second choice (the more sensible one) was to make a full time living from his art, which he has been doing successfully since 2005. He began his career as an illustrator before switching to painting in 2012 when the lure of oils became too much.
Tom exhibits regularly at the Mall Galleries in London and has been selected for numerous prestigious prizes, including the BP Portrait Prize, the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize and The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 2014 he won both the Benton Purchase prize at The Discerning Eye and Second Prize of the under-35s at the ROI at Mall Galleries, London.
Tom is a driven young man and painting has taken over his life - he lives to paint, to capture the essence of a scene, painting in front of the motif, in all weathers. He has no desire to paint large paintings en plein air - it’s all about whatever he can distill in two hours onto a board, and the observer just knows the painting is pure and has been done directly from nature, en plein air, without the aid of a camera, instigated by whatever grabs him. Tom also frequently paints the clutter in his studio, which makes a compelling and much more interesting composition than the more usual arrangement of standard still-life objects.
His paintings are thus full of integrity and shine like beacons from an artist who is destined to rise to the top. Tom Hughes is a rare talent indeed and we are thrilled to represent him in the East Midlands.