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Love, Love, Love by Patrick Hughes
Love, Love, Love by Patrick Hughes
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Love, Love, Love by Patrick Hughes
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Love, Love, Love by Patrick Hughes

  • This composition was made by Patrick Hughes, one of the leading figures in contemporary British art
  • Highly referential, this work captures Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE sculpture
  • Three-dimensional planes create the illusion that the painting is moving as the viewer walks around
  • Hughes employs precise perspective to create this illusion
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Patrick Hughes
b. 1939 | British

Love, Love, Love

Signed, dated "Love, Love, Love / Patrick Hughes / 2020"
Oil on board construction

A testament to the artist’s knowledge of contemporary art, Love, Love, Love displays a three-dimensional, illusionistic scene for which Patrick Hughes’s oeuvre has become renowned. Part painting, part sculpture and part optical illusion, this work by the London-based artist invites the viewer to examine Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture. . .
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Patrick Hughes
b. 1939 | British

Love, Love, Love

Signed, dated "Love, Love, Love / Patrick Hughes / 2020"
Oil on board construction

A testament to the artist’s knowledge of contemporary art, Love, Love, Love displays a three-dimensional, illusionistic scene for which Patrick Hughes’s oeuvre has become renowned. Part painting, part sculpture and part optical illusion, this work by the London-based artist invites the viewer to examine Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture as it is unboxed from a crate. The three-dimensional construction breaks free from the wall and appears to shift as the viewer moves in front of it. The artist’s experimentations with perspective and perception involve the viewer in a highly tangible way that is rarely seen in fine art. Driven by ideas of engagement, originality and humor, Hughes is one of the leading figures in contemporary British art.

Placed in a somewhat surreal setting, Love, Love, Love depicts the monumental red, blue and green sculpture on a patch of green grass. The wooden crate which encases the famed sculpture stands stark against the vivid blue sky and billowing clouds. Hughes generates an illusionistic perspective in this construction that immerses the viewer in a dreamlike environment, where this trademark of Philadelphia’s Center City is placed in a new environment outside of time and place. In an interview, Hughes commented on the piece: “I enjoy borrowing recognizable imagery from artists such as Robert Indiana’s LOVE [...] and inserting it into my reverspectives. I see this as a satirical venture, that enhances audience engagement through their sighting of recognizable images and symbols in my works.”

For Hughes to feel his art is complete, it needs the physical presence of the spectator, engaging the body as well as the eye and mind. The use of the psychological relationship between reality and representation destabilizes both the viewer and the image being viewed. Hughes aims for this immersive experience, with the goal of taking his viewers somewhere they have never been before, though elements, such as famous architecture, walls, library settings and landscapes seem familiar. 

Hughes coined the term reverspective for these types of constructions, which he describes as “perspective in reverse.” He utilizes the traditional idea of linear perspective in which an artist can create the illusion of receding space and dimensionality with converging lines upon a single point on the horizon line. However, he reverses this concept by bringing these lines forward into space using three-dimensional planes while still abiding by a strict vanishing point. Hughes says, “When the principles of perspective are reversed, the mind is deceived into believing that a static painting can move of its own accord.”

Born in 1939, Patrick Hughes completed formal training at the Leeds College of Art before beginning his artistic career. He developed his first reverspective work in 1964 for the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Entitled Sticking-Out Room, Hughes’ hypnotic vision of an interior room seemed to recede in space, marking the beginning of the artist’s long fascination with perspective illusions. Hughes’ work resides in prestigious collections including the British Library and the British Academy in London.

Dated 2020

Unframed: 20 1/4“ high x 24“ wide
Frame: 27 1/2” high x 31 1/4“ wide x 7 1/2” deep
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Love, Love, Love by Patrick Hughes
Maker: Hughes, Patrick
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: England
Type: Paintings
Depth: 7.5 Inches
Width: 31.25 Inches
Height: 27.5 Inches
Style: Postmodernism
Canvas Width: 24.000 Inches
Canvas Height: 20.250 Inches
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