Biography – PATRICK HUGHES
Patrick Hughes is a British contemporary artist born 1939 in Birmingham.
He is the creator of the “reverspective” technic: an optical illusion of a three-dimensional surface where the parts of the image that seem more distant are actually the closest physically. According to him « Reverspectives are three-dimensional paintings that when viewed from the front initially give the impression of viewing a flat painted surface that shows a perspective view. However as soon as the viewer moves their head even slightly, the three dimensional surface that supports the perspective view accentuates the depth of the image and accelerates the shifting perspective far more than the brain normally allows. This provides a powerful and often disorienting impression of depth and movement. The illusion is made possible by painting the view in reverse to the relief of the surface, that is, the bits that stick farthest out from the painting are painted on the most distant part of the scene.”
Patrick Hughes paintings are filled with visual experience, optical illusions, and is at the heart of perception and the nature of artistic representation.