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Patrick Hughes - This Way Up (Framed)


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  • 1986
  • Screenprint
  • Artist Proof from an Edition of 7
  • Signed, titled and dated
  • Framed in Black
  • 38.5cm x 41cm (Framed)

Patrick Hughes

Born in Birmingham in 1939 Patrick Hughes cites his first artistic memories as hiding under his family staircase watching a spider climbing upside down as the bombs fell on the city around him. From the very start he saw things upside down. Hughes came to London in the 1960’s, with Swinging London and Pop Art in full flow - its colourful Pop Culture motifs and celebration of Surrealism where to be inspiration to Hughes, who started his career as an independent artist after teaching at Leeds College of Art.

However, it wasn’t until the 1970’s Hughes found fame in the London art scene and he used the image of the rainbow in his works as a recurring motif, appearing in a endless list of impossible scenarios. He later developed his ideas around optics and illusions, inventing his now famous three dimensional, optical illusion “reverspective” paintings. Part surrealist, part pop-artist, he has very much created his own truly “unhughuesual” style.

His work entitled Paradoxymoron is currently exhibited in the British Library, London. It shows a set of library book stacks, which appear to move in an extremely disconcerting way as the viewer's eyes move. He still lives above his studio in Old Street, London and most recently has won a whole new fan base with digital videos of his paintings going ‘viral’.