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Tom Hughes - Painting from Life

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre Valley Road Clevedon, BS21 6AH United Kingdom (map)

A talk on benefits, difficulties and technicalities of painting from life, outside, on location..

I will bring my painting gear to show how I set it all up on the street and how easy to assembling and pack away it all is.

Born in Colchester and raised in Oxfordshire, Tom Hughes initially wanted to be a professional snowboarder but wasn’t good enough. His second choice (the more sensible one) was to make a full time living from his art, which he has been doing with gusto 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 the Benton Purchase prize at the Discerning Eye and in 2015 he won both the Smallwood Architects Prize at Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the prestigious critics prize at the New English Art Club. He lives with his girlfriend and baby in Bristol.