for form, originality and wit, Gary Hughes' work is found in a growing
number of collections and public sites from coast to coast and abroad.
of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hughes began his career as
an exhibits designer and paper mache sculptor. After service in the
army he joined the staff of a film production company as an animation
and art director. Several years later he formed his own animation company
and created hundreds of animated sequences for entertainment, education,
and industry, earning many awards along the way. His list of clients
include National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution,
NBC, and PBS.
was an interest that persisted since the beginning of Hughes' career.
He began directing more time and energy to the medium, discovering and
opening new opportunities for expression. His figurative, limited edition
bronzes soon caught the attention of collectors and acceptance in nationally
competitive shows. Today, in private collections or public sites his work lightens the spirit of the many who enjoy his work.
on his work he says:
clay and transforming it to an object of art that evokes response from
a fellow human being is one of the most rewarding experiences of my
life. It is ultimate communication. The physical act of working with
the material is part of the magic. I love pushing shapes and dynamics
beyond reality to emphasize or exaggerate a certain character or personality.
All elements must then interlock in harmony from all points of view".
presently works in his Maryland studio near Washington, DC.
Restoration of "Freedom"
Freedom surmounting the U.S. Capitol dome was sculpted by American artist
Thomas Crawford (1814-1857). The model of "Freedom" was plaster
cast in Italy, shipped to the U.S. and cast in bronze at the Clark Mills
foundry on Bladensburg Road, NE, Washington. The 14,985 lb. 19-1/2 ft.
bronze was placed atop the dome with much ceremony December 1, 1863
during Lincoln's first term.
I was afforded a rare opportunity to assist in the restoration of this
majestic and historic piece. I was thrilled to work on this sculpture
and was awed by her presence. When I am in Washington and see her there,
returned to her commanding view of the city, I'm reminded of that very
privileged and special experience.