Current Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions


The Artist Magazine Purchase Prize – Patchings Festival 2017
The Royal Talens Award- Patchings Festival 2017
Exhibition Prize – Patchings Festival 2017
Best Emerging Artist – National Open Art 2016
The Founders Prize – The Discerning Eye 2015
The Critics Prize – The New English Art Club 2015
The Smallwood Architects Prize for Contextual Portraiture – The RP annual Exhibition 2015
Porthleven Prize – The Bristol Painting Prize 2014
Second Prize, Winsor Newton Artist under 35 Prize – The ROI annual Exhibition 2014
Benton Purchase Prize – The Discerning Eye 2014
Bristol Fine Art Prize – The Bristol Painting Prize 2013


Brunel University
The Discerning Eye

Open Exhibitions

The BP Portrait Award 2014
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2013,14,17
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013,15,16
New English Art Club 2013,14,15,16
Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2014,15
Royal Society of British Artists 2013,14,15,17
Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2013,14,15
Royal Society of Marine Artists 2014
Royal West of England Academy 2012,13,15,16
Bath Society of Artists 2013,14,15
The Discerning Eye 2014,15
National Open Art Competition 2014,16
Pintar Rapido 2014
The Bristol Prize 2013,14

Solo Shows

Coast to Capital – Panter & Hall, Pall Mall, London – June, 2016


Panter & Hall 11-12 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5LU
Beaux Arts, Bath 12 – 13 York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG
Jane Reeves Gallery 11 Lanadwell Street, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8AN
Peter Barker Fine Art Welland Vale, Glaston Road, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9EU
Tinca Gallery 6 – 8 High Street, Portishead, BS20 6EW
Clifton Contemporary Art 25 Portland Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4JB


Artists & Illustrators
Interview about my working practise – June 2016

The Artist
Article on how I paint a plein air scene, broken down into 6 stages – November 2015

Artists & Illustrators
5 page interview about my working practise – February 2015

Leisure Painter
4 page article on my first year painting plein air and technical painting tips – November 2013

Plein Air Magazine
Artist Profile “From a Studio to a Plein Air Artist” – July 2013, digital edition only

Clifton Matters
Front cover and double page feature – June 2013


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 son in Bristol.

Artist Statement

I love the outdoors and I love painting. Working on location “en plein air” lets me combine the two in the most wonderful way. Being outside with the elements on your skin changes the way you work. It’s not just about the light, you feel different when you work outside, you’re more connected, it’s more intimate and that all comes down the arm and through the brush.

There’s fun to be had indoors though, too. When I’m painting in the studio it’s me that controls the light, not mother nature. I have multiple lamps that I move around the room to create the mood and shadows that I want. It’s a slower, more methodical way to work, but you can plan more and work through problems without the ticking clock of fading light.