Monday, October 20, 2008

Patrick Hughes (Chris' Pick)

Patrick Hughes is another master of perspective who adds the idea of three-dimensionality to his work. He was born in 1939 in Birmingham, England. Hughes has written three books on visual and verbal rhetoric.

In 1964 he did his first piece on reverspective. These are paintings that when viewed from the correct spot look like flat paintings that focus on perspective and depth. However, when the viewer moves they see that the painting is actually 3-D and is on panels that come towards the viewer. The part of the painting that is closest to the viewer is the vanishing point (furthest point away) in the image that the artist is creating. This doubles the use of illusion and depth and can temporarily disorient the viewer.

His work intrigues me because he took visual perspective to a new level to really play with the viewers eye and has mastered the idea of illusion in 3-D painting. I really want to push my boundaries and create something that toys with the eye; mixing reality and visual perspective cues. "I believe they have an experience, unlike any other, in which they see the impossible happen. And I hope that they then think a bit about why that is. If lookers and seers experience the paradoxical and reciprocal relation between parts of the world and themselves, they get a sense of the flow of life." -Pactick Hughes This is similar to the experience that I want to create with my project. Patrick Hughes reminds me a little of Sara's pick David Hilliard in that he pieces together different images and different perspectives to create one cohesive image.

Patrick's Webpage is:


slawler said...

Patirck Hughes is represented by Flowers East, the gallery where I interned in London. I had the pleasure of working closely with his prints, seeing new work before it was published, and actually meeting him. He is a lovely man who's fond a plaid suits. He has a really great sense of play, humor and curiosity which comes across in his work.

Jenny said...

Hughes serves as a great example for your project idea. I have been envisioning your painting similarly to the pictures you have posted. Kurt Wenner is someone you might want to look at as well. He is very similar to Julian Beever with his street paintings and chalk murals. He uses anamorphosis as well.

I think you have a sense of how you want the viewer to be drawn into the work and essentially get lost within it (as you mention "disorient" the spectator and trick the eye).

Chris said...

Wow Jenny! Thank you so much! This was beyond helpful, and will deffinately come in handy.