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About Patrick Hughes

Patrick Hughes’s paintings and wall reliefs wittily address art history and the nature of perception and perspective. He invented an optical illusion called “reverspective,” a neologism for reverse perspective. Hughes begins by constructing pyramid- or wedge-shaped blocks out of wood, which he combines into ridged panoramas. He then paints scenes into the blocks, depicting interior spaces—including museum galleries hung with iconic artworks—as well as landscapes and city views. The protruding parts of the works appear to recede, and the receding parts appear to protrude. As viewers walk by the pieces, the compositions seem to move. Hughes once remarked: “In my reverspective, you have a contradictory and paradoxical experience. I wouldn’t think they’re beautiful. I think . . . they can be awe-inspiring.”

British, b. 1939, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2015
2015
Patrick Hughes OPPERSPECTIVE, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco
2015
Patrick Hughes, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
2015
Patrick Hughes OPPERSPECTIVE, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco
2015
Patrick Hughes, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
2016 in with a POP!, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale
2015
Summer Selections, SPONDER GALLERY / Baker Sponder Gallery, Boca Raton
2015
25 Years 25 Artists, SPONDER GALLERY / Baker Sponder Gallery, Boca Raton
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