Shara Hughes - Unbound: Online Only New York Thursday, October 18, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Description

    Shara Hughes' painting Deer, from 2006, is an impeccable example of her ability to carefully render a seemingly simplistic interior with visually compelling objects. The individual components of her interiors do often allude to art historical symbolism, “For example,” she explains, “dogs are a symbol of protection. So, I would put a dog in my painting to talk about protection of myself, or some birds, or several other traditional symbols. And then I began to remove them, and I would bring in my own symbolism—broken trees or rocks that have been cut halfway. I continually create my own alphabet from my own symbols as my work progresses." (Shara Hughes, BOMB Magazine, April 9, 2013)

    As seen in this painting, a deer hovers at the right of the composition beneath a snippet of tree trunk. A deer or stag is a very culturally symbolic image, a scared animal often representing gentleness and intuition. Hughes does not refer to her objects as props or her scenes as stages, she utilizes intricate patterns to toy with perspective, the tiled floor, Zebra print bench, bushel of green leaves and almost organically patterned blue chair all carefully selected, read almost like visual clues to an unsolvable mystery. The scene is riddled with psychological complexity; the artist explains, “I don’t want it to feel like I’m in some person’s house. I do want them to be able to slip in and out of its being something and not being something, sort of how the paintings are.” (Shara Hughes, BOMB Magazine, April 9, 2013)

  • Provenance

    Rivington Arms, New York
    Private Collection, New York



signed "S.HUGHES" lower left; further signed, titled and dated ""Deer" Shara Hughes 2006" on the reverse
oil on canvas
36 1/2 x 38 in. (92.7 x 96.5 cm.)
Painted in 2006.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $50,000

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Bidding Closes 30 October 2018