Patrick Hughes - Contemporary Day Sale London Sunday, June 28, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Donated by the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    Patrick Hughes uses all the monocular visual cues in his paintingsi n a creative and meticulous fashion to fool the user into accepting the plausibility of the scene in front of them. All the edges converge on vanishing points, the texture gradients of the flooring and walls are correct, the shadows reinforce the geometry of the surfaces, objects are in the correct relative order and sizes from front to back.However since this scene is painted on a 3 dimensional surface that exactly reverses the apparent perspective, when we move our eyes inrelation to the painting the scene appears to move as if it were real. This is the effect of motion parallax. For many first time viewers of Reverspective it  can be quite disconcerting, as they can get  a visceral feeling of accelerated motion or body extension when they move their head in relation to the painting.
     Very often viewers are so curious on their first observation of Reverspective that they move or wobble from side to side to accentuate the effect. This is often referred to by those visiting shows with a Hughes Reverspective as the ‘Hughes dance'.(From



Way Out

Oil on wood in artist's wooden frame.
67.4 x 140 1/2 x 14 1/2 cm. (26 1/2 x 55 1/4 x 5 1/4 in).
Signed, titled and dated 'Way Out Patrick Hughes 2008' on the reverse.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £15,000

Contemporary Day Sale

29 June 2009, 4pm