Patrick Hughes, ‘The end is Near ’, 2011, Hanmi Gallery

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

Solo Shows

2015
Winsor Gallery, 
Vancouver,
Patrick Hughes

Group Shows

2017
Winsor Gallery, 
Vancouver,
Exhibition of New Works
2016
Winsor Gallery, 
Vancouver,
Patrick Hughes | Views of Hughes | Selected multiples
2016
Winsor Gallery, 
Vancouver,
Summer Group Show + Flats Block Party
2014

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