Patrick Hughes: Reverspectives Exhibition

On Thursday 10 November, it was an absolute privilege to launch Patrick Hughes’ exhibition entitled Reverspectives. He is the most famous artist to exhibit in The Gallery at Dauntsey’s to date and will be a hard act to follow.

Hughes' work is concerned with optical and visual illusions, the science of perception and the nature of artistic representation. He has written and collated three books on the visual and verbal rhetoric of the paradox and oxymoron, which are for sale in the Art School along with a selection of his prints.

The evening began with an informal lecture from Patrick, who discussed his work and the inspiration behind it. The audience consisted of parents, grandparents, staff and pupils. His inspiring presentation challenged their perceptions. He proposed a different way of thinking – reversing the norm. He listed his friends who consisted of famous artists such as Picasso, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp. He stated his greatest regret in life was not meeting Rene Magritte! Following the lecture students of all ages were given the opportunity to talk one on one with Patrick. They found his unique character, wisdom and story telling intriguing and unforgettable.

Live music and canapés added to the atmosphere of the private view. You could see the joy on the faces of the viewers as they moved amongst the artwork and experienced it seemingly move before their eyes. Patrick Hughes states, ‘When the principles of perspective are reversed and solidified into sculpted paintings something extraordinary happens; the mind is deceived into believing the impossible, that a static painting can move of its own accord.’

Patrick Hughes lives and works in London. Widely recognised as one of the major painters of contemporary British art, he is also a designer, teacher and writer. His works are part of many public collections including: the British Library and the Tate Gallery, London; the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; The Deutsche Bibliotheek, Frankfurt and the Denver Art Museum. Hughes has exhibited in London and throughout Europe, South East Asia, America and Canada. The exhibition runs until December 1 2016. If you haven’t already visited, it’s definitely one not to miss.

‘The reason that the pictures seem to move is because our eyes are telling us we are moving in one direction and our bodies are telling us that we are moving in the opposite direction. All our lives our feet and our eyes have been in perfect synchronicity, so now that the eyes are lying to the legs, or the legs are lying to the eyes, we cannot accept this. But there is a way out of this difficulty: we presume that the planes in the paintings are moving. We are used to seeing things turning and moving in front of us and this presumption puts our bodies back together again.’ Patrick Hughes