Bryn Hughes is a multi-award winning Sheffield based artist.


Bryn's drawings, watercolour and acrylic paintings and prints are now instantly recognisable, but his distinctive style of art has been developed over many years.


Artist's Experience: Bryn is often asked, how long does a sketch take? "three or four hours" he normally jovially responds "plus, around fifty years of practice and experience".

Success: Some of Bryn's most popular work, is his city and town-scape watercolour paintings, a passion for street life and architecture is evident in his work.

His deep understanding and love of buildings is clear in his draughtsmanship; this is understandable, when you learn that Bryn had a long and successful career as an architect before devoting himself to his artwork.

Bryn's city and architectural watercolour paintings uniquely capture the essence of a place, like the vibrancy of a Venice canal, the warmth and charm of a Spanish village or the regal stature of a London street.

Bryn's original watercolour and acrylic paintings, and high quality art prints make wonderful gifts: he has developed a range of styles that are widely appealing and now quite collectable. You will find a collection of watercolour prints available to buy online from our shop here.


Bryn's paintings and art prints are often bought because of the fond memories they evoke: on seeing his work, time and again, people happily recount their past adventures with Bryn.

Start your own collection: Bryn's architectural paintings and art prints have a consistent style which makes it easy for you to curate your own collection. For example watercolour paintings from Venice, Tuscany or Spain can be comfortably hung together with work from the Yorkshire Coast, London or even the streets of Sheffield.

Commission Bryn to paint you an original work of art: Looking for a unique wedding or anniversary present? Do you have a favourite building or sentimental view? Do you own a property you would like capturing in watercolour? Bryn loves to paint commissioned watercolour paintings, please get in touch.


Examples of Bryn's Architectural, City and Townscape work (art prints available).

Commissioning a painting is quite simple.

Bryn is often commissioned to create unique paintings; many are to commemorate a special occasion like a wedding, a retirement, leaving or graduation, as well as, an anniversary or birthday.

No matter what the reason, all successful commission stem from a collaboration between the artist and client. As an artist, Bryn specialises in painting: panoramic city and townscapes, individual houses and buildings including holiday villas, churches and wedding venues.

The process is simple. First, as a client, you will need to:


Start by making a painting enquiry

First Bryn needs to know about you, your subject, how big you would like your painting and how to supply it to you?

  1. The Subject/Location: he will need a good quality photograph or permission to visit the location if it's within 1.5hrs of Sheffield.
  2. Final Size: Bryn's individual work is best suited to fit on A4 or A3, but his cityscapes can be larger up to 594mm long.
  3. Finishing: original paintings are normally supplied unframed, but framing can be arranged. 

Timescale: An unframed painting made from a photograph can normally be created within three to four weeks after the deposit is paid. Quicker commissions can sometimes be accommodated.

The painting process itself.

What happens next, after you've sent your photograph and approved the quote:

  1. Sketching starts: within two weeks, a black and white sketch will be emailed to you for approval, (it is easy to make any changes at this stage) once you've let Bryn know you are happy with the composition the painting can start.
  2. Painting starts: within a week a photograph of your completed painting will be emailed to you for approval.
  3. Make Final Payment: if you are happy with the photo/painting, make your payment. The finished painting will then be posted to you via Royal Mail special delivery (a signature on delivery is required).

Bryn will then provide you with a written quote based on your client questionnaire (click below).

All payments can be made online via this site, PayPal, bank transfer or you can send a cheque.


Bryn Hughes and his paintings are
well know in and around Sheffield


Life for Bryn started in the small mining village of Tonmawr at the top of the Pelenna Valley in South Wales. Before his fourth year, his family moved a few miles away to Neath. His artistic talents were recognised early, winning many competitions for his artwork throughout his primary and grammar school years in Neath.

In the early 60’s Bryn left Neath in his beloved Wales to study Architecture at the University of Sheffield. Success followed him, winning academic prizes for design and draughtsmanship, as well as sporting trophies for achievements on the rugby field.

After obtaining his degree, Sheffield became Bryn’s home representing the City at rugby for 10 years, qualifying as an architect in that time, marrying and starting a family. Today, over 50 years after first arriving in Sheffield and now retired, Bryn dedicates himself full-time to his art; working with vigour, from his cottage workroom, on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

Bryn is now painting and travelling more than ever. As in his early years, Bryn’s work is still being acclaimed, having been awarded several medals and prizes at recent exhibitions and art shows.

Recent Award and Prizes

Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition
2004     Commendation Medallion
2005     Commendation Medallion

Great Sheffield Art Show
2004    Winner: The Sheffield Prize
2010    Winner: The Sheffield Prize  

Sheffield's Art in The Gardens
2004    Winner: Miscellaneous Prize
2005    Winner: Miscellaneous Prize

2011    Winner: The Peoples' Choice
2014    Winner: Miscellaneous Prize


Bryn's painting and art print collections include:


Sheffield Watercolour Paintings & Prints

Architectural and cityscape

Bryn is a prolific artist. He loves nothing more than finding a vantage point, sitting down and painting an impression of the scene right in front of him.

When time or the location doesn't allow, Bryn will create a few quick sketches and take some photos. Then, back at home he will use them as reference and paint a new original piece.

2015 marked the first year that Bryn's work has been available to buy directly by credit card through his own website.

To start, he selected his ten favourite Sheffield scenes. These are now available as signed A4 and A3 inkjet art prints.

Watercolour painting of Venice

The Travelling Artist

paintings and prints from around the world

Harking back to the time of 'The Grand Tour', Bryn has been increasingly visiting the 'Continent'. Armed with his sketchbook, favourite pens and watercolour paints, he has been documenting his adventures.

The Travelling Artist collection currently includes artwork from France, Italy (Venice, Tuscany and Rome), Spain, Mallorca, Madeira, the United States and nearer locations like London, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay, St Ives, Weymouth, Portland, Tenby and Edinburgh.

A4 and A3 art prints and some original paintings are available to buy direct from the shop section of this website.


Mixed Media Art

Vibrant and complementary paintings

Whilst Bryn has a very recognisable and collectable 'pen and watercolour' style, he isn't constrained by this one approach to making art.

He still enjoys experimenting with lots of different approaches and media. Some of his most distinctive work is his recent acrylics, mixed media, iPad/tablet and digital art.


Bryn's Painting / Art Blog

sketches, latest art and painting news

Some of an artists' most interesting work can be found in their sketchbooks. Bryn regularly shares his ideas and preliminary work via his art blog.

Using his Art Blog, he also highlights the work of other artists, events, exhibitions and art classes. He also publishes a free email newsletter. Sign-up today.