Patrick Hughes made his first three dimensional relief painting
in 1964 - his intention to do the opposite of what was done.
Thirty-five years on, he is still doing so.
Exhibiting with Angela Flowers Gallery since its inception in
1970, Hughes' painted reliefs constantly baffle his audience,
demonstrating how deceptive appearances can be. As we walk towards
the seemingly flat paintings they loom out at us, creating a
disorientating, 'moving' experience. The preconceived assumptions
of eye and brain are challenged, inevitably raising important
questions about our perception and the subconscious.
His witty illusions are not meant to confuse us (although they
do), but aim to clarify our relation to reality. Instead of
describing paradox, we can now experience it interactively; for his
work is more to do with us, the way we think and the way we