Patrick Hughes was born in Birmingham, England in 1939. He studied in Hull and at the James Graham Day College in Leeds, and later taught at the Leeds College of Art before becoming an independent artist. He has been represented by Angela Flowers for over forty years, and his career has focused on his interest in and investigation of perspective, optical and visual illusions.
Known as "reverspectives" these reverse-perspective works have been explained by the artist as, "three-dimensional paintings that when viewed from the front initially give the impression of viewing a painted flat surface that shows a perspective view. However as soon as the viewer moves their head even slightly the three dimensional surface that supports the perspective view accentuates the depth of the image and accelerates the shifting perspective far more than the brain normally allows. This provides a powerful and often disorienting impression of depth and movement. The illusion is made possible by painting the view in reverse to the relief of the surface, that is, the bits that stick farthest out from the painting are painted with the most distant part of the scene."