Bio

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 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.

Awards

  • 2016 Best emerging Artist - National Open Art , Studio corner with smart phone
  • 2015 The Critics Prize - New English Art Club, Clifton Suspension Bridge, contre jour, January
  • 2015 The Smallwood Architects Prize for Contextual Portraiture – The RP annual Exhibition 2015, Living room with lamps
  • 2014 Porthleven Prize – The Bristol Painting Prize, Suspension bridge in full sun, July
  • 2014 Second Prize, Winsor Newton Artist under 35 Prize – The ROI annual Exhibition, Gebera with origami birds
  • 2015 The Founders Prize - Discerning Eye, Studio corner with skull and coloured cubes

Exhibitions

  • 2016 Coast to Capital, solo show, Panter & Hall, Pall Mall, London

Education

  • 2002 BA Illustration, Swansea Institute of Higher Education

Links

Banff Highway
Banff Highway

AHZ3427492: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Camden Lock Bridge
Camden Lock Bridge

AHZ3427497: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Big clouds over Bond Street, September
Big clouds over Bond Street, September

AHZ3427559: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Buckingham Palace, The Mall, August
Buckingham Palace, The Mall, August

AHZ3427563: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Dawn in the Avon Gorge, December
Dawn in the Avon Gorge, December

AHZ3427605: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Last light, Lockleaze, November
Last light, Lockleaze, November

AHZ3427618: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Avon Gorge, twilight, October
Avon Gorge, twilight, October

AHZ3427856: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Camden high street, September
Camden high street, September

AHZ3427861: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Picaddilly, overcast, August
Picaddilly, overcast, August

AHZ3427863: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Sunset over Underfall Yard, November
Sunset over Underfall Yard, November

AHZ3427864: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Traffic cone in the City
Traffic cone in the City

AHZ3427874: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Bond Street, August
Bond Street, August

AHZ3428280: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Mansion house, Bank, August
Mansion house, Bank, August

AHZ3428345: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Old Harry from Studland, April
Old Harry from Studland, April

AHZ3428356: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

The Lighthouse, Bracelet Bay, Mumbles
The Lighthouse, Bracelet Bay, Mumbles

AHZ3428377: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Three Cliffs
Three Cliffs

AHZ3428385: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Worm's Head, Rhossili
Worm's Head, Rhossili

AHZ3428408: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

From Symonds Yat Rock, July
From Symonds Yat Rock, July

AHZ3428843: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Studio with imac and air filter
Studio with imac and air filter

AHZ3428972: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

The cliff from St Thomas's Pit, Bude
The cliff from St Thomas's Pit, Bude

AHZ3429005: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

The harbour, Port Isaac, April
The harbour, Port Isaac, April

AHZ3429020: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Burgh Island, September
Burgh Island, September

AHZ3429027: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Carriage Works, Bristol, October
Carriage Works, Bristol, October

AHZ3429028: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Clevedon Pier, overcast, November
Clevedon Pier, overcast, November

AHZ3429029: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Clevedon seafront, November
Clevedon seafront, November

AHZ3429030: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

The Old Severn Bridge, December
The Old Severn Bridge, December

AHZ3429034: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

West bay
West bay

AHZ3429035: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Mirror, mirror
Mirror, mirror

AHZ3429585: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Studio corner with pink rose and cubes
Studio corner with pink rose and cubes

AHZ3429586: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Parliament Hill, May
Parliament Hill, May

AHZ3429723: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

St Mary Redcliff, June
St Mary Redcliff, June

AHZ3429740: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Studio corner with smart phone
Studio corner with smart phone

AHZ3429758: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Tolcarne beach, early afternoon, July
Tolcarne beach, early afternoon, July

AHZ3429777: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Van on Gay Street, April
Van on Gay Street, April

AHZ3429805: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Watergate bay with kite surfer, July
Watergate bay with kite surfer, July

AHZ3429817: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Bank Holiday Monday, Beer, April
Bank Holiday Monday, Beer, April

AHZ3430131: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Boat with yellow flag, Padstow, January
Boat with yellow flag, Padstow, January

AHZ3430161: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Cotham Brow, contre jour, January
Cotham Brow, contre jour, January

AHZ3430183: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Towards Branscombe from Beer, March
Towards Branscombe from Beer, March

AHZ3430194: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Trevone Bay, February
Trevone Bay, February

AHZ3430203: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Whitehall, Early Afternoon, April
Whitehall, Early Afternoon, April

AHZ3430228: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Beer and Seaton cliffs in sun, July
Beer and Seaton cliffs in sun, July

AHZ3430381: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Blue boat, Lulworth Cove, September
Blue boat, Lulworth Cove, September

AHZ3430382: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Dawn on Walcot Parade
Dawn on Walcot Parade

AHZ3430383: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Mackerel boat, Beer, September
Mackerel boat, Beer, September

AHZ3430385: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Sun in Avon Gorge, October
Sun in Avon Gorge, October

AHZ3430415: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Van on New Bond Street, May
Van on New Bond Street, May

AHZ3430452: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Living room with lamps
Living room with lamps

AHZ3430660: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Llwyn-on Reservoir, October
Llwyn-on Reservoir, October

AHZ3430672: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Misty day on Milsom St, Bath, March
Misty day on Milsom St, Bath, March

AHZ3430678: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Selfie
Selfie

AHZ3430694: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Studio corner with suncream
Studio corner with suncream

AHZ3430695: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Studio with air filter and vase
Studio with air filter and vase

AHZ3430696: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

The Royal Exchange, May
The Royal Exchange, May

AHZ3430697: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Green boat, Langorse lake, October
Green boat, Langorse lake, October

AHZ3430698: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Langorse lake in snow january
Langorse lake in snow january

AHZ3430699: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Sheep, October
Sheep, October

AHZ3430702: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

sunlit field, quantocks, September
sunlit field, quantocks, September

AHZ3430703: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

sunstreak in gorge march
sunstreak in gorge march

AHZ3430704: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Across Redland from Cotham Vale january
Across Redland from Cotham Vale january

AHZ3431097: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Avonmouth windfarm, November
Avonmouth windfarm, November

AHZ3431110: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Diggers in snow January
Diggers in snow January

AHZ3431126: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

November Afternoon, Bristol Downs
November Afternoon, Bristol Downs

AHZ3431155: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Radio controlled airplane
Radio controlled airplane

AHZ3431170: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

sunbeam on Harrods, 2018, oil on board
sunbeam on Harrods, 2018, oil on board

AHZ3715615: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images

Taxis in the City, 2018, oil on canvas
Taxis in the City, 2018, oil on canvas

AHZ3715617: © Tom Hughes / Bridgeman Images


Back to top