CAM presents a survey of Shara Hughes’s paintings. A painter’s painter, she is known for her colorful, inventive paintings of landscapes and interiors. Employing varied marks, the artist loosely depicts floating moons, gnarled trees, and blazing sunlight, bridging the abstract and representational. Hughes’s paintings contain a psychological complexity that derives from her memories and observations, as well as illusionism. The artist brings to life a world that is elegantly chaotic—infused with a vibrant harmony of the organic, the objective, and the surreal.
Shara Hughes 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, GA) earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and later attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo exhibitions include Le Consortium, Dijon, France; Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI; Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY; and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; among many others. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include the Garden Museum, London, UK; and the Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, in 2021; and the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern Switzerland, in 2022. Hughes has participated in numerous group exhibitions, at venues such as the Drawing Center, New York, NY; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The artist was also included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Hughes’s work belongs to many prominent museum collections including the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Jorge M. Perez Collection, Miami, FL; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; M Woods Museum, Beijing, China; Rachofsky Collection, Dallas, TX; Saint Louis Art Museum; Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, China; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Museum of Art; and the Yuz Museum; among others. Hughes currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.