Patrick Hughes  (British, 1939) 

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Patrick Hughes (British, b.1939) is an artist known for the creation of reverspective, which is an optical illusion of a three-dimensional surface in which the various parts of the image appear farthest away when they are actually physically at the nearest point. This optical illusion is possible by painting a view in reverse. Hughes was born on October 20, 1939, in Birmingham, Britain.

After graduating from Graham Day College in Leeds, he began to teach at the Leeds College of Art. Eventually, he left that position to become an independent artist. Many of the early works produced by Hughes were somewhat playful in nature. He frequently positioned objects back to front in these works, such as Clown. In other cases, Hughes positioned words against images in his works. An example of this can be seen in One Two. Hughes also developed an interest in exploring oxymorons and paradoxes in his works. He began to experiment with the perception of perspective and illusion in the early 1960s. During the 1970s, Hughes presented his investigations regarding illusion and perception in a series of paintings and prints involving a rainbow motif. Such works included Pile of Rainbows and Prison Rainbow. He later produced prints that expressed many of the same interests with color, including Leaf Art.

The first work Hughes produced that reflected his creation of reverspective was Sticking Out Broom in 1964. He once again explored this concept with Up the Line in 1990. Since that time, his reverspective works have been shown in New York, London, Seoul, Santa Monica, Toronto, Munich, and Chicago. Hughes's work has been influenced by surrealistic themes, absurdist theatre, and comics. In particular, Hughes has been influenced by Surrealists Giorgio de Chirico (Italian, 1888–1978), Rene Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967), and Marcel Marien (Belgian, 1920–1993). Hughes held two exhibitions in 2011. He has written four books focusing upon themes related to his art. Hughes currently lives in London with his wife.

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Patrick Hughes, Pablo

 

Patrick Hughes
Pablo
2013

Tangent Contemporary Art
Patrick Hughes, Bookish

 

Patrick Hughes
Bookish
1999

Viviane Bregman Fine Art
Patrick Hughes, Show

 

Patrick Hughes
Show
2011

Tangent Contemporary Art
Patrick Hughes, Ins and Outs

 

Patrick Hughes
Ins and Outs
2007

Tangent Contemporary Art
Patrick Hughes, Hoppera

 

Patrick Hughes
Hoppera
2008

Tangent Contemporary Art
Patrick Hughes, Popular

 

Patrick Hughes
Popular
2013

Tangent Contemporary Art
Patrick Hughes, Library Doors

 

Patrick Hughes
Library Doors
2004

Tangent Contemporary Art
Patrick Hughes, Hockney Hues

 

Patrick Hughes
Hockney Hues
2013

Tangent Contemporary Art
Patrick Hughes, Introperspective

 

Patrick Hughes
Introperspective
2013

Tangent Contemporary Art
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Patrick Hughes, Sheep

 

Patrick Hughes
Sheep, 2008
3D lithographic multiple w/handcoloring

 

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Patrick Hughes, Gifts

 

Patrick Hughes
Gifts, 2007
3d lithographic multiple w/handcoloring

 

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Patrick Hughes, Windows On The World

 

Patrick Hughes
Windows On The World, 1997
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1939   Born: Birmingham, UK
2000   Illusions, Louis K Meisel, New York (solo)
2000   Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (solo)
2000   Multiple Perspectives, Belloc Lowndes Fine Art, Chicago (solo)
2000   Improperspective, Flowers West, Santa Monica (solo)
2000   Reverse Perspectives, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto (solo)
2001   Properspective, Flowers East, London (solo)
2001   Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2001   Flowers Central, London (solo)
2001   Recent Works, Louis K Meisel, New York (solo)
2001   Hyperspective, Flowers West, Santa Monica (solo)
2001   Flowers East at London Fields, London (solo)
2001   Certain Realities, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2002   Flowers East at London Fields, London (solo)
2002   Riperspective, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, England (solo)
2002   Belloc Lowndes Fine Art, Chicago (solo)
2003   Whopperspective, Flowers East, London (solo)
2003   Reverse Perspectives, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2003   Percepspective, Artower, Athens (solo)
2003   Experspective, Flowers West, Santa Monica (solo)
2003   Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2003   Jo Hyun Gallery, Korea (solo)
2004   Doors Etc, Flowers New York (solo)
2004   Art Chicago, Chicago (solo)
2004   Reverspectives, Galerie Vieleers, Amsterdam (solo)
2004   Flowers Central, London (solo)
2004   Reverspective, Dennos Museum Center, Midland, Michigan (solo)
2004   Reverspective, Susan Duval Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (solo)
2004   Persuasivespective, Louis K Meisel, New York (solo)
2005   Escaperspective, Keller & Greene Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
2005   Imperspective, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh (solo)
2005   Impossible, Flowers Graphics, London (solo)
2005   Perplexspective, Flowers New York (solo)
2005   Angela Flowers Gallery 35th Anniversary Exhibition, Flowers East London
2005   Small is Beautiful Flowers Central, London
2005   Selections from the Fosterart Collection, Fosterart, London
2005   Contemporary British Art, The Millinery Works Gallery, London
2005   Genialmente, Arte e Cervello, Trieste, Italy
2006   Permanentspective, Flowers East, London (solo)
2006   Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2006   Superduperspective, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England (solo)
2006   American Institute of Physics, Washington DC (solo)
2006   Shaperspective, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco (solo)
2006   Galerie Vieleers, Amsterdam (solo)
2006   One Of A Kind, Byard Art, Cambridge
2006   Small is Beautiful, Flowers Central, London
2007   Grand Canals, Flowers Central, London (solo)
2007   Louis Meisel Gallery, New York (solo)
2007   Perspective Perpétuelle, Galerie Lelia Mordoch, Paris (solo)
2007   Aspenspective, Sardella Fine Art, Aspen, Colorado (solo)
2007   Perspectrum, Flowers, New York (solo)
2007   Prints In Between, Flower Graphics, London (solo)
2007   Prints, Flowers, New York
2007   Flowers Graphics at Graphic Studio Dublin, Ireland
2007   New Works by Gallery Artists, Flowers Central, London
2007   Small is Beautiful XXV, Flowers Central, London
2007   Small is Beautiful at Flowers, New York
2008   Galerie Boisseree, Cologne (solo)
2008   Reverspective versus Perspective, Nicolas Metivier Gallery, Toronto(solo)
2008   Perspectivirtuoso, Flowers East, London (solo)
2008   Superperspectivision, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco (solo)
2008   Small is Beautiful, Flowers Central, London
2008   Realistic and Abstract Illusions in Contemporary Art, Meisel Gallery, New York
2008   STATIC, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston
2008   Lelia Murdoch Gallery, Paris
2008   Winsor Gallery, Vancouver
2008   Small is Beautiful, Flowers, New York
2009   Patrick Hughes and Mark Mizgala, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver (solo)
2009   Perspective, Harvey Nichols, Dubai (solo)
2009   The Genius of Perverspective, Marigold Fine Art, New Delhi (solo)
2009   Patrick Hughes, Bel Air, Geneva (solo)
2009   Patrick Hughes, Intercontinental Hotel, London (solo)
2009   Perfectspective, Flowers Central, London (solo)
2009   50 Paintings for 50 Years, Portal Gallery, London
2009   Visual Deception, Touring Japan
2009   Art & Illusions, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
2009   The Brain, Experimentarium Museum, Copenhagen
2009   Winsor Gallery, Vancouver
2010   Patrick Hughes, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Korea (solo)
2010   Perspective and Perception, Flowers, New York (solo)
2010   Patrick Hughes, Scream Gallery, London (solo)
2010   Art & Illusions, Musee De Luxembourg, Paris
2010   Visual Illusions, Shire Hall Gallery, Staffordshire
2010   40 Years On, Flowers, London
2010   Perspectives, Hyatt Hotel, London
2010   What a Relief, Flowers, London
  Lives and works in London, England
2009   The Genius of Perverspective, Marigold Fine Art, New Delhi (solo)
2009   Patrick Hughes ­ Perspective, Harvey Nichols, Dubai (solo)
2009   Patrick Hughes and Mark Mizgala, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver (solo)
2008   Perspectivirtuoso, Flowers East, London (solo)
2008   Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
2008   Galerie Boisseree, Cologne
2008   Superspectivision, Scott Richards Contemporary Art
2007   Grand Canals, Flowers Central, London
2007   Louis Meisel Gallery, New York
2007   Perspective Perpétuelle, Galerie Lelia Mordoch, Paris
2007   Aspenspective, Sardella Fine Art, Aspen, Colorado
2007   Perspectrum, Flowers New York
2007   Prints In Between, Flower Graphics, London
2006   Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Shaperspective
2005   Perplexspective, Flowers New York
2005   Impossible, Flowers Graphics, London
2005   Imperspective, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh
2005   Escaperspective, Keller & Greene Gallery, Los Angeles
2005   Foster Art Collection, London
2004   Small is Beautiful XXII: Here and Now, Flowers Central, London
2004   Reverspective, Dennos Museum Center, Michigan
2004   Persuasivespective, Louis K Meisel, New York
2004   Reverspective, Susan Duval Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
2004   Personalspectives, Midland Center for the Arts, Michigan
2004   Flowers Central, London
2004   Reverspectives, Galerie Vieleers, Amsterdam
2004   Doors Etc, Flowers New York
2003   Jo Hyun Gallery, Korea
2003   Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2003   Experspective, Flowers West, Santa Monica
2003   Percepspective, Artower, Athens
2003   Reverse Perspectives, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2003   Whopperspective, Flowers East, London
2002   Head On: Art with the Brain in mind, Science Museum London, UK
2001   Near and Far, Louis K.Meisel New York, NY, USA
2001   Properspective, Flowers East London, UK
2001   Park Ryu Sook Gallery Seoul, Korea
2000   Louis K.Meisel New York, NY, USA
2000   Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, IL, USA
2000   Multiple Perspectives, Belloc Lowndes Fine Art Chicago, IL, USA
2000   Improperspective, Flowers West Santa Monica, CA, USA
2000   Reverse Perspectives, Mira Godard Gallery Toronto, Canada
2000   Le College a la Collegiale, Collegiale Saint-Andre Chartres
1999   Extrasensory Museum: commemorating the birth of MC Escher, Fukouka, Tokyo & Nagasaki, Japan
1999   Deeperspective, Flowers East at London Fields London, UK
1999   Susan Duvan Gallery Aspen, CO, USA
1999   The Movies, Flowers West Santa Monica, CA, USA
1998   Rene Magritte and Contemporary Art, Museum Voor Moderne Kunst Ostend
1996   Belloc Lowndes Fine Art Chicago, IL, USA
1995   East at London Fields London, UK
1990   Badge Art Two, Flowers East London, UK
1989   Tricks and Transformations, City Museum and Art Gallery Hanley
1988   Surrealism is Dead: Long Live Surrealism, Crawshaw Gallery London, UK
1983   6th International Biennale of Humour and Satire, Gabrova, Bulgaria
  Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries
  Denver Art Museum
  Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery
  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin
  Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina
  Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
  The Lousiana Museum, Denmark
  Victoria and Albert Museum
  Würth Museum, Germany