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Patrick Hughes - Revisit the Q&A plus new acquisitions
17 Mar 2022
Watch the charming event of Patrick's Q&A and take a peek at our latest additions
All eyes were on Patrick Hughes and his mind-bending 3D art works at Hang-Up HQ when the gallery hosted a Q&A with the artist led by his friend, the former BBC correspondent Rosie Millard.
We have the privilege of sharing the entire event with you to relive the moments of Patrick's intriguing story telling, reciting poems and engaging with his audience answering questions about his work and life.
The audience including historian and author Diane Atkinson, Hughes' partner, at the end of the Q&A.
Take a look at what's new
I am delighted to offer you a first look at a number of recently acquired works by Patrick Hughes.
Our latest additions include some of the artist's most recent and popular editions in his trademark unique and intricate style of painting known as 'reverspective' which has been widely admired (and sometimes copied).
Just click on your favourite work for full details or get in touch for enquiries.
"When the principles of perspective are reversed and solidified into sculpted paintings something extraordinary happens; the mind is deceived into believing the impossible, that a static painting can move of its own accord."
“The abiding interest I have and everybody should have is in poetry and the imagination and humour. And that’s what you find in the surrealist world. But you don’t find it in the realist world.”
Visit the moon
In Lunarobot 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.”
“I was born in 1939 and after the war everything changed and I could play with things. I think I was in the right place.”
Creating the visual paradox
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.
15 Dec 2021
The charismatic artist regaled a rapt audience with tales from his 60-year career during an evening at the gallery