Shara Hughes's first major solo museum exhibition in US features more than thirty paintings from 2015-21
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Shara Hughes's first major solo museum exhibition in US features more than thirty paintings from 2015-21
Shara Hughes, Peep Show, 2018. Oil, ink, and acrylic on canvas, 58 x 50 inches. Private Collection, New Jersey. Courtesy the artist; Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich / New York; and Pilar Corrias, London.

ST. LOUIS, MO.- The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents the first major solo museum exhibition of Shara Hughes in the United States, featuring work from the past seven years, including more than thirty paintings, drawings, and prints. Hughes is often referred to as a landscape painter, but from the artist’s point of view, her paintings “are not really about landscapes” at all. The artist loosely gives form to floating moons, gnarled trees, and blazing sunlight, bridging the abstract and representational. The paintings contain psychological complexity bringing to life a world that is elegantly chaotic—infused with a vibrant harmony of the organic, the objective, and the surreal. At human scale—the size of her own “wingspan”—many of the works are immersive, inviting and alarming, beautiful and scary. Shara Hughes: On Edge offers an overview of her unworldly scenes, September 3, 2021 through February 13, 2022.

Hughes’s wildly colorful paintings are not depictions of places, real or imagined. The work fits within a historical tradition of painting that includes the early Modernism of Matisse’s Fauvist landscapes or the patterns found in Gustav Klimt’s plein-air paintings. These references may serve as a point of departure for Hughes, but her paintings maintain a unique personal vision within truly compelling and singular compositions. Employing a variety of mark-making techniques, Hughes places her emphasis on gesture, symbolism, and iconography.

Hughes is an intuitive painter, she does not plan, sketch, or premix her color palette. All the works begin abstractly. Hughes dyes, spray paints, and applies color directly to the unprimed canvas. Her painting process is one of immediacy and instinct, balancing control and resigning to the unknown. She sets her own parameters, then lets the paintings inform her, establishing an individual relationship with each one.

The paintings are of human scale, offering the viewer an immersive and physical connection with the compositions. Many of the paintings employ framing devices that engage with the edges of the canvas, creating portals or entryways into the works. “I like for you to be able to totally believe in the painting but then know that it stops at the edges…. I like being able to have that kind of back and forth of yes and no.”

Hughes recently expanded her practice into printmaking. CAM presents a selection of her monoprints. These are unique single images, like paintings made directly on the plate and transferred through the press onto a piece of paper. Monoprinting demands that the work is executed quickly, which compels Hughes to be more selective and decisive about color and gesture. Also on view are monoprint drawings, made through a process that involves the making of a monoprint, then running another sheet through the press, which catches only the diluted ghost of the original painted image. She then draws on top of the ghost print, creating a literal déjà vu of the initial image. Hughes’s shift to printmaking has informed her painting practice, encouraging her to both cede elements of control even as she commits more strongly to her vision.

Shara Hughes: On Edge is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, and Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator.

Shara Hughes (b. 1981, Atlanta) most recently presented solo exhibitions at Le Consortium, Dijon, France;The Garden Museum, London; Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island; Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; among others. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen Colorado, and Yuz Museum, Shanghai, in 2021; and the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland, in 2022. Hughes has participated in numerous group exhibitions, at venues such as the Drawing Center, New York; MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Hughes’s work belongs to many prominent museum collections including the Dallas Museum of Art; Denver Museum of Art; Jorge M. Perez Collection, Miami; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; M Woods Museum, Beijing; Phoenix Art Museum; Rachofsky Collection, Dallas; Saint Louis Art Museum; Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Yuz Museum, among others. Hughes earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and later attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She currently lives and works in

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