Patrick Hughes

Born in 1939 in Birmingham, lives and works in Great Britain

Perpetual Perspective – Paris, March 2007

What’s happening to me? What’s going on? I must be seeing things! I must have drunk too much last night. One step forward, three steps back – the doors in the picture open and shut… they’re moving… no, I’m the one that’s moving!

I’m dancing Patrick Hughes’ English tango. And I thought perspective hadn’t changed since the sixteenth century!

Genuine wall sculptures, Patrick Hughes’ oils on structures of wood lend credibility to trompe-l’œil painting. Exhibitions’ classic themes – landscapes, skyscapes, modern or museum- like cities – are kinetically adapted for the walls in a manner both unexpected and innovative.

Hughes’ pictures leap out into our faces; one cannot stop oneself from plunging into their midst, pulled in by the dizzying 3-D image where imagination steps off the wall to engulf us in its vanishing lines.

No, it’s not sleight-of-hand. The painter Patrick Hughes creates poetic and moving kinetic images.

Lélia Mordoch

Astride My Flying Trapezoid Paris, March 2010

Yes, it’s a demonstration of a play of perspective through inversion and the absurd.Yes, the exercise in deconstruction, which brings the vanishing point behind the spectator’s nose instead of in front of it, is particularly disconcerting.

Spectators can do nothing about it! It is as if they find themselves sucked into a vor tex, which, innocently or perfidiously, takes them to the point where reality fuses with the movement of the works in which they have a role whether they want to or not.

All that is true, like the use of deconstructed perspective that pokes fun at the avant-garde movement, in a profusion of contemporary popular images that surge forth in an endless cycle of anamorphoses and palimpsests. Simple, captivating images, but with a deeper meaning.

Who hasn’t dreamt of entering a painting like Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan, of suddenly finding oneself the protagonist of the stor y unfolding before one’s eyes, of being teleported inside the picture?

In this projection of the fantasized image conjured up by spectators as they dance with the painting is where Patrick Hughes’ magic lies, I believe. The fourth dimension transports them to where reality, like perspective, is turned inside out.

Welcome to Patrick Hughes’ multiple universes, accessed by his unique work as a geometric miniaturist, which he occasionally agrees to share with us through doors that open and close.

Lélia Mordoch