Created: June 22, 2022 7:55 am
Relaxing: Phoebe Hughes’ John Smith’s Bay (photograph by Akil Simmons)
Phoebe Hughes (photograph provided)
A young artist believes that a successful first solo show, open to rave reviews, will be the springboard for her future career.
Phoebe Hughes, 24, sold nine of her 14 paintings Bermudian shows in just three days.
Ms. Hughes said, “I think this will be a stepping stone for me. It has given me a little more confidence and confidence in my instincts when it comes to art.
“I wasn’t really sure if this would work or if people would respond well and honestly I think this show was a game changer for me.
“If the answer had been disappointing, I probably should have corrected my career choices.”
White Enough: Phoebe Hughes’ White Roofs on display at her Bermudan exhibition at the Masterworks Museum of Art (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Bermudianwhich opened on Friday at the Masterworks Museum of Art, features several 55-inch by 45-inch everyday Bermuda oil paintings, as well as two paintings of Bermuda flora.
Ms. Hughes said she wanted to look at the Bermuda people in a candid setting to show a side of the island that was overlooked by visitors.
He admitted that he found it difficult at first to ask strangers for their photographs, but added that people were so curious about his project that they were eager to get involved.
Ms. Hughes said, “So many people were so receptive to it – they were, as the Bermudians are, so generous.
“I actually have a good relationship with many of the subjects.
“I gave all of them a signed print as a way to say ‘thank you’ and some of them were actually at the show, which was really special.”
Phoebe Hughes’ first solo art exhibition, Bermudiana, is on display at the Masterworks Museum of Art (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Ms. Hughes began the project in the summer of 2020 to rekindle her love of painting.
She said The Royal Gazettein January she “fell out of love” with the medium and used the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to paint the subjects that interested her and in her style.
Ms. Hughes said Masterworks approached her last June for a solo show. She worked nine hours a day for weeks to complete the project.
She was “overwhelmed” by the positive responses a Bermudianwith more than 150 people who visited the exhibition on the opening night.
Ms. Hughes said, “I got great responses on the first night and many more paintings sold than I originally thought.
“I feel really happy – I was really nervous before, but it went better than I thought.”
He added: “Many tourists who came to the island early bought prints because they say it reminds them so much of Bermuda.
“I think a lot of Bermudans, at least from the responses I’ve had, also think it’s a new interpretation because there aren’t many large-scale portraits on the island.”
Feeling Blue: Phoebe Hughes’ Blue Palms (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Risa Hunter, Executive Director of Masterworks, said: “Colorful, vibrant and full of character, Bermudian it is a testament to the island’s unique vitality.
“Phoebe’s masterful depictions of people within the local community, as well as her beautiful renditions of Bermuda foliage, exemplify her keen eye and fresh talent.
“Masterworks is honored to be part of Phoebe’s first solo show – we know she will reach great heights in her fine arts career and we can’t wait to see where she goes.”
Bermudian it will end on July 12th.
Bermudian: Phoebe Hughes’ BBQ Beach Grill (photography by Akil Simmons)
Bermudiana: Phoebe Hughes’ Dockyard (photography by Akil Simmons)