Artist show ‘Make-or-Break’ gets rave reviews while action picks up – The Royal Gazette

Created: June 22, 2022 at 07:55 AM

Relaxing: John Smith’s Bay by Phoebe Hughes (Photo by Akil Simmons)

Phoebe Hughes (photo attached)

A young artist believes that her first successful solo show, which opened to enthusiastic reviews, will be a springboard for her future career.

Phoebe Hughes, 24, has sold nine of her 14 paintings Bermudiana Exhibition in just three days.

Mrs. Hughes said: ‘I think this would be a starting point for me. It has given me more confidence and confidence in my intuition when it comes to art.’

“I wasn’t really sure if this would work or if people would respond well to it, and frankly I think this show was a hit or a break point for me.

“If the response had been frustrating, I might have had to correct the course of my career choices.”

All White: Phoebe Hughes’ White Roofs on display in her Bermudiana Gallery at the Masterworks Museum of Art (Photo by Akil Simmons)

Bermudianawhich opened at the Masterworks Museum of Art on Friday and features several 55 x 45-inch oil paintings of each day of Bermudians, as well as two paintings of Bermuda Botanicals.

Ms Hughes said she wanted to look at the people of Bermuda in a candid place to show a side of the island that visitors overlook.

She admitted that she initially found it difficult to ask strangers about their photos, but added that people were so curious about her project that they were eager to share.

Ms Hughes said: ‘Many people have been so receptive to her – they have been, like the Bermudians, very generous.

“I already have a good relationship with a lot of subjects.

“I gave them all a signed thumbprint as a way of saying ‘thank you’ and some of them were actually on the show, and it 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 started the project in the summer of 2020 as a way to revive her love of painting.

I told Royal Gazettein january She “fell in love” with the medium and used the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to paint the subjects she was interested in and in her own style.

Ms Hughes said Masterworks approached her last June for a solo exhibition. I worked nine hours every day for weeks to complete the project.

Positive feedback has been “overwhelmed” by Bermudianawith more than 150 people visiting the exhibition on opening night.

Ms Hughes said: “I got really good responses the first evening and sold more paintings than I originally thought.

“I feel really happy – I was really nervous before but it turned out better than I thought.”

She added: “A lot of the tourists who came to the island have already bought print because they say it reminds them a lot of Bermuda.

“I think a lot of Bermudians, at least from the responses I’ve been getting, also think it’s a fresh take because there aren’t a lot of large scale images on the island.”

Feeling Blue: Blue Palms by Phoebe Hughes (Photo by Akil Simmons)

Colorful, vibrant and full of character, said Risa Hunter, CEO of Masterworks. Bermudiana Evidence of the island’s unique vitality.

“Phoebe’s gorgeous photographs of people within the local community, as well as her beautiful displays of Bermuda foliage, exemplify her perceptive eye and her newfound talent.

“Masterworks is honored to be a part of Phoebe’s first solo exhibition – we know she will rise to great heights in her career in fine arts and we can’t wait to see where she goes.”

Bermudiana It will end on July 12th.

Bermudiana: BBQ Beach Grill by Phoebe Hughes (Photo by Akil Simmons)

Bermudiana: The Shipyard by Phoebe Hughes (Photo by Akil Simmons)