Whimsical, visually engaging, surprisingly familiar, Patrick Hughes’ oil on panel wall reliefs are unusual hybrids of painting and sculpture, and also witty ruminations on the history of art, perspective and Surrealism. Playing with perspective, optical illusions, and figure-ground relationships, the artist creates engaging trompe l’oeil scenes that confound our senses. As the viewer moves around his carefully crafted paintings, these “impossible objects” seem also to move as their linear perspective changes, inviting curious introspection.
The world-renowned British artist lives in London and has written numerous books on visual and verbal rhetoric. Hughes’ paintings have earned international acclaim as part of exhibitions in the United Kingdom, Russia, Korea, United States, and Canada; they are also included in prestigious museum collections, such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.