Born in Leicestershire, UK, Amy Hughes spent her years growing up between Cheshire, UK and Moscow, Russia. In 2013 she received a degree in BA Hons Fine Art from Liverpool Hope University, UK. At her undergraduate show, she was awarded the 'purchase prize' by the Liverpool Women's Hospital, where a painting can be found in private collection.
In 2016, she graduated from a two-year full-time MFA program at the New York Academy of Art. During her studies, she was awarded an Academy Merit Scholarship and HRH The Prince of Wales Scholarship (MFA 2016). Since graduating, Amy has continued to exhibit her work in numerous solo and group shows, working as an instructor of painting and as an Artist in Residence; both in the UK and New York. Most notably she has sold work at Sotheby's Auction House, NY and has exhibited in the International Biennale Portrait Competition at Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been featured in several publications, including W Magazine, Southwest Art, Aesthetica Magazine, Cheshire Life, The Liverpool Echo and more.
“Amy Hughes’ powerful artwork is the culmination of technical prowess and a unique creative vision and style. Her flawless compositions, tactile features and effortless handling of paint to depict flesh wrapped in translucent sheaths provide viewers with a direct and visceral message about how the female body is portrayed and objectified.” -Renée Philips, Founder, Director and Curator of Manhattan Arts International
"Each painting [in this series] is skillfully accomplished to the “T”, emotionally impregnated, riveting to the gaze, provocative and timely. Great images – irrespective of content, style or medium – will connect us to our experience of being human. Hughes accomplishes this brilliantly by transforming intimate, personal imagery to the universal. Only a master can create a series of works where each is as strong as the next." - Nancy Reyner, Artist, Writer NancyReyner.com