Life before the Reverspective Optical Illusion
Hughes became an independent much later on in life. Before he created his reputation as the man behind the reverspective optical illusion, he taught students in Leeds College of Art. Since he wanted to play a more active role in the art industry, he quit teaching to become a full time independent artist.
Patrick Hughes Accomplishments
He credits his success as an artist to several artists he admires such as the Lilliput, Paul Klee, N.F. Simpson, Rene Magritte, Anthony Earnshaw Marcel Marien, and Giorgio de Chirico. You might recognize that most of the artists mentioned are surrealists. Other people’s work inspired him to create work of his own.
As an independent artist, he began to experiment with different techniques of creating things, often changing places of object and flattening them. Refer to his creation of the Clown in 1963 and Liquorice Allsorts in 1960 to get an idea of his earlier work.
Additionally, another design of his that is worth checking out is the One Two in 1962. In that painting, he set the words against the pictures or against themselves such as in the Tick Tock created the same year. Later on, he began to take interest in visual oxymoron, paradoxes, and perspective optical illusions.
Hughes interest in perspective optical illusions assisted in the creation of the reverspective illusion. He began to experiment using this illusion in several of paintings, and you can see the illusion at work in Infinity in 1963, Three Doors in 1964, and The Space Ruler in 1965. Some others include Pile of Rainbows in 1973, Prison Rainbow in 1973, and Leaning on a Landscape in 1979.
However, it was in 1964 when he created his very first reverspective work called the Sticking Out Room. It was until 1990 when he thought to attempt reverspective illusion once again, and a year later, came out the Up the Line and Down the Road.