Tuesday, August 20, 2013

in the studio with amy hughes braden

Last Thursday, Margaret and I had the pleasure of visiting the studio of Amy Hughes Braden. It was so lovely to see more of Amy's work in person and to hear about her thoughtful practice. From large-scale acrylic paintings to smaller works on paper, Braden is informed by popular culture, interpersonal relationships, and an interest in documenting the stream of consciousness. Amy's palette includes bright, neon hues, yet her subject matter is often decidedly darker. Whether painting Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, or a deceased relative, there is something sinister inherent in many of Braden's beautifully executed portraits.  Scroll through for some photos from our visit, and click here to visit Amy's website.

Two portraits of Tamerlan Tsarnaev as an infant with his mother.

Dzhokhar (left) and a self portrait of Braden with her husband (right)

We also had the chance to see some of Amy's collaborations with her brother, Aaron Hughes ^^

I can't remember what we were laughing at... but Amy is always a delight :)

Portraits of Troy Davis (left) and Casey Anthony (right)

One of Braden's earlier series' explored the often tumultuous transition of subjects from childhood to their teenage years

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