Patrick Hughes: Master Op-Art Illusionist Featured

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Kelsey Klassen for the WestEnder: As you stand in the lobby of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia one particular painting appears to move – its Venetian canals simultaneously advancing and retreating as your body shifts around to make sense of it. And no matter how many times you figure it out – see the three-dimensional magic at work – it still happens.

Created by English artist Patrick Hughes, this mind-bending seascape (painted on wood blocks so as to protrude off the wall) is the product of more than 50 years of exploration into how the human mind perceives image and illusion.

In this, his 75th year of life, and on the heels of receiving an honorary doctorate for his contributions to neuroscience, the Winsor Gallery in Vancouver presents The Hues of Hughes: Selected Works 1999-2014, running now until Feb. 24. Alongside the op-art exhibition will be videos, interviews, and documentaries on Hughes and his ground-breaking “reverspectives.”

Westender caught up with Hughes in London for a spirited chat about receding lines and the railway track of life. Read more.