Entering a room of Patrick Hughes' reverse perspective paintings
is an overwhelming experience. Horizons thrust themselves forward.
Vanishing points jut out when they should recede. It is visual
anarchy. All the normal rules of perception are broken and our
senses are reeling. We are alone, striving to make sense of all
this. Just exactly what is going on?
The artist Patrick Hughes has been making work of extraordinary
diversity over the past forty years, confounding the expectations
of his audience, by turns delighting and intriguing  it is the
sheer impact of standing before his vertiginous large paintings,
experiencing these bewildering sensations that reminds us that his
is a unique vision in the world of contemporary art.
Patrick Hughes' three-dimensional images challenge perceptions
of reality. They raise and illuminate puzzling questions about the
nature of art and representation. Just as the Cubism of Picasso and
Braque aimed 'to get rid of trompe l'oeil and to find a trompe
l'esprit, Hughes questions the workings of the mind and the
habitual certainties of the viewer. The techniques of reverse
perspective present the world the 'wrong' way round; the viewer is
forced to see the picture as going in where it protrudes and vice
versa. Closer inspection reveals the mechanics of the illusion; yet
even with this in mind the viewer's eyes cannot stop the visual
magic from working. The fascination in this work lies in the
revelation that the mind cannot necessarily seewhat it 'knows' to
Patrick Hughes lives and works in London. His work is included
in a range if important public collections including the British
Library, the Tate Gallery, London, the Gallery of Modern Art,
Glasgow, The Denver Art Museum and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke
University, North Carolina. He has had over 100 solo exhibitions world-wide.