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Patrick Hughes

The Rainbosceros, 2018

Rhino: fibreglass rhino (fire retardant) with internal armature Finish: Oil with weatherproof glaze
57 9/10 × 74 4/5 × 23 3/5 in
147 × 190 × 60 cm
This is a unique work.
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Patrick Hughes' three dimensional painted reliefs have baffled his audiences for over 50 years, …

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Patrick Hughes
British, b. 1939
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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.”

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Patrick Hughes' three dimensional painted reliefs have baffled his audiences for over 50 years, demonstrating how deceptive appearances can be. Hughes' name has been synonymous with rainbow paintings since the 1970s.
"The Rainbosceros, known by some as the Rhinebow, is a unique creature who brings joy …

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Courtesy of the artist and Tusk.
Patrick Hughes
British, b. 1939
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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.”

Patrick Hughes

The Rainbosceros, 2018

Rhino: fibreglass rhino (fire retardant) with internal armature Finish: Oil with weatherproof glaze
57 9/10 × 74 4/5 × 23 3/5 in
147 × 190 × 60 cm
This is a unique work.
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