Recognized 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.

A graduate 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.

Sculpture 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.

Commenting on his work he says:

"Taking 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".

Gary Hughes presently works in his Maryland studio near Washington, DC.

The Restoration of "Freedom"

The statue, 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.

In 1993, 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.

Gary Hughes


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