Patrick Hughes was born in Birmingham, England and is the creator of “reverspective”, an optical illusion consisting of a two dimensional image placed on a 3-dimensional surface. He is widely recognized as one of the major painters for British contemporary art. The parts create an optical illusion in which the viewer sees the parts of the picture as farthest away are actually physically closest to the viewer. To put it more simply his revespective are three-dimensional paintings that require the viewer’s perspective in movement to activate and become an engaging illusion.
Hughes has been described by critics as “the undisputed master of visual paradox and puzzle.” His work encompasses a fun and playfulness aspect, which are key to his approach. Although his work spans generations, his work is still fresh and relevant as when he first entered the art scene fifty years ago. He was inspired by European Surrealists, admiring Paul Klee for his underlying geometry and experimental drawing, and Rene Magritte for his paradoxical paintings. Hughes clearly shares the surrealist allure of the absurd and oxymoronic themes and points of view. None of his works contain human figures, just open scenes were the viewer can insert themselves to explore and interact with his paintings.