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Moving Monographs by Patrick Hughes
Moving Monographs by Patrick Hughes
Moving Monographs by Patrick Hughes
Moving Monographs by Patrick Hughes
Moving Monographs by Patrick Hughes
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Moving Monographs by Patrick Hughes

  • Patrick Hughes employs precise perspective to create this illusion of books in motion
  • Three-dimensional planes create the illusion that the painting is moving as the viewer walks around
  • Inspired by elements of Pop Art and Surrealism, Hughes' paintings are completely original
  • This is a three-dimensional stack of catalogue raisonnés, a tribute to art history
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Patrick Hughes
b. 1939 | British

Moving Monographs

Oil on panel
Signed, titled and dated “Moving Monographs / Patrick Hughes / 2023”

British artist Patrick Hughes has become a dominant force in contemporary British art with his intriguing blend of Pop Art and Surrealist elements. This work, a three-dimensional stack of catalogue raisonnés, shifts perspective with the viewer, reflecting Hughes’ deep affinity for literature and art history. These catalogue raisonnés—considered essential references. . .
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Patrick Hughes
b. 1939 | British

Moving Monographs

Oil on panel
Signed, titled and dated “Moving Monographs / Patrick Hughes / 2023”

British artist Patrick Hughes has become a dominant force in contemporary British art with his intriguing blend of Pop Art and Surrealist elements. This work, a three-dimensional stack of catalogue raisonnés, shifts perspective with the viewer, reflecting Hughes’ deep affinity for literature and art history. These catalogue raisonnés—considered essential references among art historians—chronicle the complete works of artists like Picasso, Ai Wei Wei, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, M.C. Escher, Paul Klee and Magritte. This collection not only showcases Hughes' inspirations but also serves as a personal expression of his artistic identity.

Hughes coined the term reverspective for these types of constructions, which he describes as “perspective in reverse.” He utilizes the traditional idea of one-point perspective in which an artist can create the illusion of receding space and dimensionality with converging lines upon a single vanishing point on the horizon line. However, he reverses this concept by bringing these lines forward into space using 3-dimensional planes but still abides 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.”

The panel’s construction is a propriety technique developed by the artist. Starting from large panels of wood, the artist forms trapezoids and triangles that are then glued together to form 3-dimensional shapes that jut out from the flat plane of the wall. Then, 2-dimensional images are manipulated and given the proper perspective for their placement within the composition. These images are translated precisely onto the panels in oil paint, creating the illusion. Perfection of line, light and shadow is essential to the final outcome, and, all told, a reverspective painting can take up to three months from start to finish.

Hughes created his first reverse perspective work in 1964 with a life-sized room for the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London entitled Sticking-Out Room, thus beginning his long fascination with perspective illusions. He has since authored several books on themes in relationship with his art, including visual paradoxes and oxymorons, and he holds a doctorate in science from King’s College in London for his work in the psychology of perception. Today, his work resides in the permanent collection of the British Library and the British Academy in London.

Dated 2023

Panel: 15" high x 10" wide x 6" deep (38.10 x 26.67 x 15.27 cm)
Frame: 29 1/2" high x 15 1/4" wide x 9" deep (74.92 x 38.42 x 22.86 cm) 
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Moving Monographs by Patrick Hughes
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: England
Type: Paintings
Style: Postmodernism
Depth: 9.0 in. (22.86 cm)
Width: 15.13 in. (38.42 cm)
Height: 29.5 in. (74.93 cm)
Canvas Width: 10.500 in. (26.67 cm)
Canvas Height: 15.000 in. (38.1 cm)
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