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Patrick Hughes – Peggy

  • 2021
  • Archival pigment print on paper
  • Edition of 50
  • Signed and numbered by the artist
  • 50cm x 60cm
  • Hang-Up Edition, exclusively co-published with the artist

Watch Hughes discussing 'Peggy' in conversation with former BBC Art correspondent Rosie Millard at the Q&A night at Hang-Up Gallery.

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I made the original of this work in 1963 using gloss paint on hardboard when I was a young pop artist of twenty-three or twenty-four. This work comes from my childlike sentiment to make some element of poetry out of the everyday. I noticed the way people hung their washing out on clotheslines with pegs and I thought I’ll jump my peg up onto the line and make him or her into a tightrope walker.

I think in the back of my mind were the little peg dolls poorer people used to make for their children. The legs of the peg were the legs of the doll, and the top of the peg was the head. Sometimes they even had a little frock. You can see them at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

Read the full interview on Art Plugged

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"I like to quote one of Franz Kafka’s aphorisms with Peggy: 'The true way is like a rope stretched a little way above the ground, it seems intended more for tripping over than walking along'" (Patrick Hughes, November 2021)

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Despite being largely self-taught, Patrick Hughes devised a unique and intricate style of painting known as ‘reverspective’ which has been widely admired (and sometimes copied). Hughes’s signature 3D paintings of galleries, streets and landscapes are designed so that viewers can interact with them to create incredible optical illusions of movement. He made his first work in this way in 1964, but then abandoned the process until 1990, instead making art...

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