Patrick Hughes is a British artist, best known as the mastermind behind ground-breaking ‘reverspective’ paintings, Infinity and Sticking-out Room – painted optical illusions, where the elements of the piece which seem farthest away are actually physically nearer.
Alongside his reverspective pieces, Hughes’ made a name for himself in the 1970s and 80s painting rainbows in various witty guises, once even as an arc-shaped stream of multi-coloured urine issuing from a man's flies. Speaking of his fascination with rainbows, Hughes stated: ‘A rainbow is a transitory event composed of water, air and light. I tried to give it a mass, permanence and personality.’
Hughes’ work is inspired by the Surrealists, in particular René Magritte, Giorgio de Chirico and Marcel Mariën. His art has been exhibited across the world, and has earnt a place in the homes of many a celebrity, including Oprah Winfrey and Glenn Close.