Patrick Hughes is a British artist, currently living and working in London, UK.
His works are included in major public collections such as Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum and the MoMA. In 2014 he received an honorary degree from the University of London’s Advance Study, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education and research.
Hughes made his first three dimensional relief painting in 1964 - his intention to do the opposite of what was done. Hughes' colourful reliefs constantly baffle his audience, demonstrating how deceptive appearances can be. As we walk towards the seemingly flat paintings they loom out at us, creating a disorientating, 'moving' experience. He is the inventor of "Reverspective", an optical illusion on a three-dimensional surface where the parts of the picture which seem farthest away are actually physically the nearest. Playing with perspective and distance and challenging the viewer’s understanding of vision. “When the principles of perspective are reversed and solidified into sculpted paintings, something extraordinary happens,” the artist has said of his work. “The mind is deceived into believing the impossible, that a static painting can move of its own accord.”
We can now experience it interactively in our own physical reality. The preconceived assumptions of eye and brain are challenged, inevitably raising important questions about our visual perception.