Forced Into Reverse Perspective 2008
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. He is the
author of engaging and provocative books on paradox, puns and
oxymoron but 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.
These meditations on the nature of perception are not in any
sense dry, academic theses. As striking visual compositions they
positively abound with humour and remain both exhilarating and entertaining.
Glen Baxter reflects on the playful and perplexing panoramas of
Patrick Hughes' ever-expanding oeuvre in his introduction toLeft to
Write, a new book of collected writings by the artist.
Flowers East are celebrating Patrick Hughes 69th
birthday and the launch ofLeft to Write with a solo show
entitledPerspectivirtuoso; a body of astonishing new and recent
Patrick Hughes lives and works in London. His work is included
in 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. To date he has had over 100 solo shows world-wide.