SHARA HUGHES (B. 1981)
SHARA HUGHES (B. 1981)
SHARA HUGHES (B. 1981)
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SHARA HUGHES (B. 1981)

Wonder Under

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SHARA HUGHES (B. 1981)
Wonder Under
signed, titled, inscribed and dated '"Wonder Under" SHARA HUGHES 2016 NYC 68X60' (on the reverse)
oil, acrylic and dye on canvas
172.7 x 152.4 cm. (68 x 60 in.)
Executed in 2016
Provenance
Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York
Acquired at the above by the present owner
Exhibited
St. Louis, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Shara Hughes: On Edge, September 2021 - February 2022.

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Lot Essay

“My true self will be reflected in the work no matter what so I just need to be ready to be me, whatever form I show up in. Sometimes it’s emotionally reflected clearly with expressive marks, and sometimes the painting reveals to me later on what I was going through. I learn so much about myself each time I make a painting.” – Shara Hughes

Entrancing yellow mist encircles a magnetic mountain gleaming in the center of Shara Hughes fantastical landscape titled Wonder Under (2016). On the water surface floats white shards, while ribbons of blue transpire into a milky pool. Under it, the mountain extends in endless wonder. Reminiscent of Henri Matisse’s vibrant palette and Georgia O’Keeffe’s contouring landscapes, Hughes's canvases are explorative in colour and refined in shape.

Intense shades of purple and blue densely dapple the sky while the water darkens below; Electric energy pulses through the two mountains with thick and jagged brushstrokes. Hughes’ wondrous landscapes are entirely conjured through extensive imagination, wielding sights of wonder and possibility. The constant change in nature endowed her with the creativity to subvert conventional representations of landscape and enrich them with psychological intimacy and joyous exploration. Her true self is always reflected in her work, no matter what form she shows up in to paint them.

Hughes extensive oeuvre began with interiors and turned to landscapes in 2015. With her unique approach to landscape paintings, she rose to prominence after the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Since then, her work has found its place in collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Hughes’ freewheeling intuition and imagination lend its way to wild and mystical invented worlds. The artist herself once said, “Landscapes opened a whole new world for me, one that was awesome and exciting.” In a complex and fascinating marrying of emotion, observation, and intuition, Wonder Under glows with exuberance.
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