Flowers is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by the renowned British surrealist Patrick Hughes, titled Smallerspective. The show will be composed of smaller scale three-dimensional paintings and collages. It will run from May 11th through June 16th, 2012, with an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, May 10th, from 6 to 8pm. An artist talk will also be held at 4pm on Saturday, May 12th.
My pieces of art are people-sized for people to look at as they move about. The scale, the relative size of these new works is smaller. You can take them in and they can take you in. These smallerspectives change as we move. Or do they, or do we? - Patrick Hughes
In the introduction of Perverspective, a monograph about Patrick Hughes, John Slyce writes: It has been said of self-taught artists that they paint not just what they see, but also what they know is there, often defying perspective and other conventions to do so. In this they are not unlike map-makers who must distort in order to be truthful. Patrick Hughes is among this breed of artist.
For over 50 years, Patrick Hughes has intrigued audiences with his perplexing body of work. He creates a world of visual paradox through his technique of reverse perspective. His paintings challenge the preconceived assumptions of the eye and brain, inevitably raising questions about one’s perception and the science of sight.
The viewer is forced to see the picture receding when in reality it is protruding and vice versa. Closer inspection reveals the workings of this illusion; yet even with this in mind, the viewer’s eyes cannot stop the visual magic from occurring. The fascination in this work lies in the revelation that the mind cannot necessarily see what it knows to be true.
Born in Birmingham, England in 1939, Patrick Hughes lives and works in London. Pieces produced throughout his career are in public collections including the British Library, London; the Tate Gallery, London; the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; the Denver Art Museum and the Nasher Museum at Duke University, North Carolina. His work was included in The Collections of Nesuhi Ertegun and Daniel Filipacchi, the 1999 Surrealist exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. In 2000, Hughes had a solo exhibition at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. He has had solo shows in London, Dubai, New Delhi, Seoul, Los Angeles, New York City as well as the American Institute of Physics outside of Washington, DC.