Patrick Hughes b. 1939

Patrick Hughes (born 20 October 1939) is British artist working in London. He is the creator of "reverspective", an optical illusion on a 3-dimensional surface where the parts of the picture which seem farthest away are actually physically the nearest.

His first "reverse perspective" or "reverspective" was Sticking Out Room (1964), which was a life-size room for the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in 1970. He returned to explore the possibilities of reverspective in 1990 with Up the Line and Down the Road (1991) Since then, his reverspectives have been shown in London, New York, Santa Monica, Seoul, Chicago, Munich and Toronto.

Hughes has written three books investigating themes that parallel his art, Vicious, Circles and Infinity: An Panoply of Paradoxes (with George Brecht); Upon the Pun: Dual Meaning in Words and Pictures, with Paul Hammond (London, W.H. Allen, 1978); and More on Oxymoron (Jonathan Cape, Ltd. 1984). He has written for The Observer, the The Guardian, the ICA Magazine, among others on art, artists and interesting lives. A collection of his writings, Left to write was published by Momentum in 2008. John Slyce's biography, Patrick Hughes: reverspective, was published in 2005.