Patrick Hughes

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Beyeler edition 23/50, 2016
Hand-painted multiple with archival inkjet
17.75 X 35 X 7 in.

Patrick Hughes lives and works in London. Widely recognized as one of the major painters of contemporary British art, he is also a designer, teacher and writer. His works are part of many public collections including: the British Library and the Tate Gallery, London; the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow and The Deutsche Bibliotheek, Frankfurt. Hughes has exhibited in London and throughout Europe, South East Asia, America and Canada. 2014 was an important year for the artist as it marked his 75th birthday and he was given an honorary degree for his collaborative research from the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Additionally in 2014, Hughes exhibited work in Japan, New York, Boston and Vancouver.

Hughes’ works are at once visually engaging and surprisingly familiar, playful ruminations on the history of art, perspective and Surrealism. Most of the paintings feature key elements in Hughes’ craft such as rectilinear forms: gallery walls, buildings, books, doorways and works of art that serve as anchors to the reverse perspective effect.

“Three very distinct pulses beat through Patrick Hughes’ work: perspective, paradox, and vision. These themes are in turn linked conceptually by movement – namely the ‘moving experience’ of the viewer… Usually objects that are nearer the eye appear larger, while those further away look to be smaller. Hughes reverses this optical logic, creating a visual paradox – the far points of the picture are nearer than the near points, which are far away. Perspective in Hughes’ work is closer to what it is in life – not a rigid system of correct laws, but a spirit of looking creatively at things that move, be it the world, the past, or a picture.” (Excerpt from essay by John Slyce, from Perverspective, 1998)

Books written by Patrick Hughes include: Paradoxymoron (2011), Left to Write (2008), More on Oxymoron (1984), Upon the Pun: Dual Meaning in Words and Pictures (1978), Behind the Rainbow (1983), and Vicious Circles and Infinity (1975). Hughes also has a recent third edition monograph published on his life and his work: Perverspective, by John Slyce (2011).